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All countries to treat migrants in line with international standards:­ workshop


Migrants are human beings and have human rights. Their treatment of each country must be in line with international standards. All countries need to ensure their survival, transit, be registered and processed in an appropriate manner without undue delay. This is something that comes hardly to our politicians in the EU, Deputy Head of EU Delegation, Robert Liddell, said Friday addressing the workshop on situation and the challenges with illegal migrants and asylum seekers which is part of twinning project on the occasion of International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.

Migration is a complex issue, Liddell said, and referred to the definitions of the UN which state that a refugee is any person who has a well­-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to, or owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country.

We can say that people transiting legally, in the medium term tend to be properly processed to meet their needs, and that means not only to make laws but also budgets, personnel and premises. And this is not a question only of one country but the entire region and not just control, but also border management in order to better manage migration flows and not trying to stop them, Liddell said.

The Ombudsman Ixhet Memeti in his speech stressed that the United Nations are calling for undertaking full measures to avoid further trauma for the migrants, the existence of alternative places of detention, detention centers for foreigners and asylum seekers to be in accordance with international and domestic standards, and each applicant to be assessed individually including their needs for protection.

State institutions, international bodies and civil society have important role in achieving the purpose of addressing the challenges and the humane treatment of persons illegally entering Macedonia or asylum seekers because of well-­founded fear of persecution in the home country, Memeti said.

Austrian Ambassador to Macedonia, Thomas Michael Bayer noted that according to his estimates more than a thousand people are entering Macedonia every day and number of people seeking political protection is increasing. This situation, he said, is a major challenge not only for Macedonia but also for the entire international community.

Bayer expressed appreciation to the Ombudsman which started this project and to the Government of the Republic of Macedonia, for the pragmatic approach which aims to ease the situation on the ground.

The workshop among other things addressed the role and activities undertaken by the state institutions for the identification, protection, care and respect for the rights of illegal migrants, the role of international and non-­governmental organizations in improving the conditions and protection of migrants.