Switzerland and North Macedonia conclude an immigration agreement

Justice Minister Karin Keeler-Sutter signed a declaration of intent with North Macedonia’s Interior Minister Oliver Spasovsky. Keystone / Fahim Demir

Switzerland and North Macedonia are expanding their cooperation in the field of migration. Minister of Justice, Karin Keller-Sutter, and Minister of the Interior of North Macedonia, Oliver Spasovsky, signed a declaration of intent in Bern.

This content was published on 08 November 2022 – 09:09

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Macedonia lies on the Balkan route used by refugees and migrants heading to Europe.

“The MoU creates a framework for all aspects of cooperation on immigration between Switzerland and North Macedonia,” the Ministry of Justice said in a statement. a permitExternal link.

He added that it “provides for the establishment of a process of dialogue and joint thinking to expand cooperation in various fields between the two countries, such as preventing irregular migration, readmission, promoting regular migration, and the synergies between migration and development.”

This is the room Immigration PartnershipExternal link In the Western Balkans and the eighth as a whole. Switzerland has agreements with Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Georgia, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, and Tunisia.

The Minister of Justice explained that Macedonia, as the first country after Greece for migrants trying to reach Western Europe via the Balkan route, faced significant challenges during the 2015-2016 migration crisis. Now, it is facing major challenges again due to the resurgence of immigration after the relaxation of COVID-related measures.

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