This report has been prepared as part of the project “Help on the route – fostering protection of human rights of refugees and migrants passing through Macedonia and Serbia”, which is supported by the European Union and implemented by the “Ana and Vlade Divac“ Foundation from Serbia, in partnership with the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights of the Republic of Macedonia, Novi Sad Humanitarian Center and the Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund (ASB) – Serbia. One of the project’s components is the connecting of 24 civil society organizations from Macedonia and Serbia into a network for registering the violations of refugees and migrants’ rights and providing them with better protection, and apart from the four partner organization or implementers, five other civil society organizations from Macedonia and 15 civil society organizations from Serbia also participate in the project. Each of these organizations acts within its mandate and provides various services for protecting the rights of refugees and migrants. The following are among them: the Macedonian Red Cross, “Legis”, “Open Gate” (La Strada), the Regional Center for Sustainable Development (RCSD) Gevgelija and the “Civic Development” NGO (Vaksince).
The data and findings presented in this report are a result of the organizations› reporting. This report covers various aspects of the refugee crisis situation in the Republic of Macedonia in 2018. Some of the topics addressed in this report include the operation the transit camps, the conditions and the treatment that refugees and migrants receive there, the course of illegal migration and isolated incidents, as well as the adoption and implementation of national policies and legal decisions related to migrants and refugees. At the same time, it is inevitable to consider the social and political developments in the country, which have left their mark on the dynamics of the refugee crisis in the Republic of Macedonia.