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Brainstorming Meeting on Refugee Protection and International Migration in the Western Balkans

Geneve, Switzerland - On 4th July 2013, IOM and UNHCR co-hosted an informal brainstorming meeting on refugee protection and international migration in the Western Balkans. EU and major international donors focused on their mutual cooperation in addressing the challenges of mixed migration flows in the Western Balkan region. IOM, UNHCR, OSCE, ILO, UNICEF, MARRI, ICMPD, OHCHR, UNODC, European Commission, Frontex and DCAF – international actors who, in their area of responsibility, deal with different aspects of the many-faceted problematic – exchanged experiences and opinions on a comprehensive approach, which would assist the Western Balkan countries in tackling the occurring challenges and also ensure mutual coordination between the relevant actors.