Irena Vojáčková-Sollorano

Impact of refugees crisis on Western Balkans and EU

Monday 14.12.2015

Neither the limited local infrastructure nor tried and tested social capitals can withstand the size of the present migration challenge unaided. With specialized government agencies and international organizations providing direct support to refugees and migrants, UNDP has focused on supporting its traditional partners in local government, which in so many regards have shown themselves again and again to be the – somewhat less visible – backbone of resilience at times of crises. „The refugee and migration crisis threatens years of development gains in Western Balkans and EU – border communities and local governments on migration routes key to region’s resilience”.

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Irena Vojáčková-Sollorano is the UN Resident Coordinator UNDP Resident Representative for the Republic of Serbia In this capacity she has strengthened the UN interagency coordination and the cooperation with the Government of Serbia and Civil Society partners. She has lead the UN country team’s response to the floods in 2014 together with UNDP and to the refugee/migrant crisis in 2015 together with UNHCR. Prior to this appointment she has worked in different capacities for 28 years for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Asia, Europe and globally developing expertise in in Migration and Development, Labor Migration, Refugee Resettlement, Border Management, Smuggling, Integration, Trafficking and emergency response. Her last appointment was as Director of the Department for Migration Management (2010-2013) in IOM Headquarters in Geneva. Over the years she has served on boards of research institutions and developed strong collaboration with think tanks.

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