25 September 2014, Prishtinë -
Civil Rights Program/Kosovo (CRP/K) has organized one day workshop with topic “Advantages and challenges of Repatriation in Kosovo”, within project “Supporting Sustainable Return and Reintegration of Repatriated Persons through enhanced Legal Assistance and Counseling” supported by CRD.
Purpose of this workshop was promotion of the rights foreseen and guaranteed in the Revised Strategy for Reintegration of Repatriated Persons and discussion of different possible solutions with authorities from both central and local level of governance.
Participants in sessions of workshop were as follows: representatives of Ministry of Internal Affair- Department for Reintegration (Department for Reintegration of Repatriated Persons, Central Commission for Reintegration, Coordinator for Prishtinë Region, Head of the Division for Cooperation with local and international organizations), Office for Communities and Return of Prishtinë, Fushë Kosovë, Gracanica, Shtime, Podujevë, Lipjan and Obilic, European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo- EULEX, OSCE and Council of Europe.
Staff of CRP/K also presented a previously conducted research on the topic, underlining the most important findings such as: need to raise awareness of the targeted group on their rights, lack of effective access on public authorities and services by them as a right guaranteed by
International Conventions and Kosovo Constitution and weak performance of authorities on the issue.
Recommendations that derived from further findings of the research and discussions in workshop are as follows:
Reintegration offices at the municipal level have encountered difficulties in the process of enrollment of children in schools for the year 2013.
Particular difficulties have been encountered in re-integration program for additional classes;
Information in the receiving offices at the municipal level is not adequate and sufficient;
In the national and state policies level, increasing level of movement of people outside the country towards EU countries even after signing of readmission agreements has been presented as a challenge;
There is insufficient coordination between local and central offices;
Difficulties in Civil Registration of the children born in the countries where they have been readmitted from due to missing of international certificates present a practical problem;
In the process of reconstruction of houses for repatriated persons in need and who meet the legal requirements, a non-registered property in the cadastre and property books presents a problem;
Delays by the municipal committees, in processing decisions of the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning for re-construction;
Delays in handling requests that are forwarded from the municipal level to central level;
Lack of capacity at municipal level because the entire burden of the process of re-integration falls on the reintegration municipal offices, while support from other offices and municipal departments in the process of re-integration also lacks.
In some municipalities, municipal offices on re-integration have not yet been constituted;
Lack of adequate monitoring mechanisms for children in need of repatriated families;
Lack of sustainable settlements, so far over 150 families in need of social housing have been identified;
The absence of three-year plans, which should have been drafted by each municipality according to the revised strategy and action plan.
The lack of information by the sending countries on the need of medical treatment of diseases which can not be treated in Kosovo. So far 1500 cases of this nature identified;
Housing of the families in need for period 6+6 month, in the absence of provided shelters continues over the 2-years period allowed by Regulation in power.