Countering smuggling of migrants along the Western Balkan coastal route


The project “Countering smuggling of migrants along the Western Balkan coastal route”, financed by Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and implemented by IOM BiH aims to enhance the regional cooperation between the beneficiary countries – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro – and strengthen their institutional capacities, to identify the migrants’ smugglers, effectively investigate the cases of smuggling of migrants,  to apprehend and prosecute the perpetrators, and to protect migrants’ rights along the WB coastal route. Through the implementation of this project IOM will build capacities and facilitate closer regional cooperation through:

  1. capacity building of law enforcement and service providers, including through simulations/desktop exercises for joint border patrols and proactive identification of smuggling of migrants along the route;
  2. enhancing joint investigatory capacities of police, prosecutors and existing counter smuggling of migrants and trafficking in human beings (THB) taskforces, and
  3. raising awareness of migrant vulnerabilities and rights among the local population to reduce potential tensions in transiting hot-spots.

Project fact sheet available here LINK TO FACTSHEET

Grant agreement available here LINK TO GRANT AGREEMENT