RIGHT TO ASYLUM: WORKSHOP AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SHKODRA

In 30 march 2016, at “Marin Barleti” library in Shkodra, took place the one day training on the right to asylum. The workshop was organized by the European Centre, supported by Konrad Adenaur, Albanian office, with the cooperation of the Public Law Department at the Faculty of Law, University “Luigj Gurakuqi” in Shkodra. The training was attended by students of this university majoring in law and journalism. The aim of the training was to contribute to the knowledge of the international standards on the right to asylum, which are crucial on better addressing the situation and the well-functioning of the legislative and judicial systems of the Western Balkans.

The situation of the asylum seekers has been worsened recently. Million of people have been asking for asylum in the member states of the European Union, while as entry countries have served the Balkan countries, and mostly Greece. While during 2014- 2015 there has been a flux of emigrant from the Balkan countries as well, seeking for asylum in EU, especially in Germany, with the pretentions of the bad economic situation in their home countries. The situation of the asylum seekers has been worsened recently. Million of people have been asking for asylum in the member states of the European Union, while as entry countries have served the Balkan countries, and mostly Greece. While during 2014- 2015 there has been a flux of emigrant from the Balkan countries as well, seeking for asylum in EU, especially in Germany, with the pretentions of the bad economic situation in their home countries.

The topics lectured during the conference are:

Prof.Asoc.Dr Migena Leskoviku, lectured upon the topic “ The right to asylum and the international standards: the legal protection and integration”. During the speech, she explained the importance of knowing the duties and the rights of the status of the asylum-seeker as well as the Albanian legal system on asylum. Msc.Ina Xhepa, Executive Director of the European Centre, presented to the audience the brochure “a Guide on the Right to Asylum”, drafted by the European Centre and supported by KAS. The guide serves as a short intro to the basic notions of the asylum right, the EU asylum system and its functionality, as well as the individuals who could possibly gain the status of the refugee. All the participants got a brochure, meanwhile Ms. Ina Xhepa brought the ECHR standards on asylum, as to better explain the importance of such training and the brochure. The workshop was concluded by Mr. Michael Gumprich, secretary of the Office of Migration and Refugees at the German Embassy in Tirana. Mr. Gumprich answered all the questions related to the possibilities of working or studying in Germany, while also explaining that Albania is considered as a safe country of origin, therefore the chances to get the asylum in one of the EU member states are nearly zero.

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