- In November and early December 2017, UNHCR, the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare carried out a joint field verification to ascertain the situation of all 2,318 people in 20 municipalities with pending documentation- and status-related issues, obstructing them from attaining a lasting and sustainable legal status in Montenegro.
- Through intensive cooperation with the authorities in the region, UNHCR managed to facilitate the possibility of obtaining documents for those with status issues. This includes a reduction in administrative fees for permanent residence in Montenegro, opening up the possibility of applying for documents in the embassies of Serbia, BiH and Croatia, as well as the facilitation of visits by Kosovo’s Interior Ministry mobile teams to Montenegro, with the aim of issuing needed documentation to all Kosovo refugees.
- UNHCR has played an active role in facilitating voluntary returns of ex-Yu refugees, mainly to Kosovo, as well as to Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia to a lesser extent. So far 2,321 displaced persons returned to their places of origin in the former Yugoslavia.
- On UNHCR’s initiative, Montenegro adopted amendments to the Law on Non-Contentious Proceedings in 2015 to introduce a judicial procedure for late birth registration of persons born outside the health system.
- After UNHCR’s advocacy, the Government incorporated a statelessness determination procedure in the new Law on Foreigners, which was passed by the Parliament of Montenegro in February 2018.
- In June 2017, UNHCR and the Employment Agency of Montenegro signed a Memorandum of Understanding, which provides a framework for employing newly-recognized refugees.
- As part of the collaboration with the Employment Agency, UNHCR organized a skill-mapping workshop in May 2017 for nine people granted international protection, as well as a Montenegrin language crash course for eight people granted protection in Montenegro.
- In early 2018, UNHCR opened a Community Centre for refugees and asylum seekers, which is run by UNHCR and its partner, the Red Cross of Montenegro.
- In February 2018, UNHCR Representative and Montenegro’s Human Rights Ombudsman signed a Technical Cooperation Agreement, with the aim of carrying out joint activities in the area of protection and promotion of human rights of asylum seekers, refugees, displaced persons and stateless people.