Workshop on migration and refugees issues took place in Brest

On May 19, 2009 UNHCR Representation in the Republic of Belarus together with state authorities of Brest city and Brest region carried out familiarization workshop for local state executive and self–government authorities. This event is a part of activities performed within the framework of joint EU–UNHCR project “Strengthening the Protection Capacity in the Republic of Belarus– phase II”.

On May 19, 2009UNHCR Representation in the Republic of Belarus together with state authorities of Brest city and Brest region carried out familiarization workshop for local state executive and self–government authorities. This event is a part of activities performed within the framework of joint EU–UNHCR project “Strengthening the Protection Capacity in the Republic of Belarus– phase II”. The project aims at further development and consolidation of protection monitoring mechanisms in order to guarantee unhindered access of asylum–seeker to the territory of Belarus, refugee status determination procedure and information related to asylum system as well as strengthening the capacity of state migration authorities by means of improvement of their institutional structure, technical assistance and professional trainings.

The main purposes of the workshop were: (i) familiarization of representatives of local state executive and self–government authorities with refugees protection system as well as main aspects of migration related issues relevant to the Republicof Belarus; (ii) strengthening of cooperation between state authorities, international and non–governmental organizations in asylum and migration spheres.

The following organizations participated in the event: Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, State Border Committee of the Republic of Belarus, state executive and self–government authorities of Brest city and Brest region; International Organization for Migration, UNHCR and NGO partners.

Additional information could be obtained from:
PA “Belarusian Movement of Medical Workers”
Mr. Kravchenko Vladimir Akimovich, chairman, deputy of Minsk city Council of Deputies
Tel.: +375 17 253 32 26

UNHCR Representation in the Republic of Belarus
Mr. Solodkov Timofey, Programme Assistant
Tel.: +375 17 298 33 35(37)

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