Since 2015-2016 crisis the territorial dimension of migration management went to the top of the international agenda focused on the improvement of reception and integration of the asylum seekers and refugees in the long-run.

NALAS as the association of the SEE Municipalities, MARRI Regional Centre as the organization participated by the Ministries of Home Affairs of the WB6 , and the CEI Secretariat in parallel with other international organizations raised the issue of the regulatory, financial and methodological framework for the best collaboration between the central and the local public administrations and the public-private partnership needed with specialized CSOs for the assistance to the people in need of international protection.

In this perspective, an important step ahead has been finalized in Skopje, Macedonia on 14 – 15 March 2018 along with the regional closing workshop of the MIGRALONA project.

This action, co-financed by the Italian Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia and implemented by the Focal Point Migration of the CEI Secretariat, aimed to improve the governance of migration along the Balkan Route in order to prevent new emergency and make the most of the current low rate of migrants in the region to develop capacity building of the relevant bodies.

The MIGRALONA project overviewed the state of the art of the reception and integration of migrants in the WB region through six workshops where over hundred-sixty representatives of relevant ministries, towns and municipalities with their associations, CSOs and local offices of the international organizations rallied for benchmarking their experiences with the model of the spread-out assistance of migrants implemented in Italy.

The campaign disseminated the rationale and operational features of the Italian SPRAR Programme through the witnesses of Mayors and CSOs operators from Friuli Venezia Giulia. The final event in Skopje was also attended by the Commissioner of the Italian Government for the Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, H.E. Mrs. Annapaola Porzio. The participants to the Regional Workshop closing the MIGRALONA project shared a Position Paper with records and conclusions to be further considered by decision makers in the WB6.