Migration and Asylum Policy System: the case of Republic of Macedonia

Kosevaliska, Olga and Nikodinovska Krstevska, Ana (2020) Migration and Asylum Policy System: the case of Republic of Macedonia. In: Migration and asylum policies systems. Challanges and perspectives. Editoriale Scientifica, Napoli, pp. 109-129. ISBN 978-88-9391-895-4

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The EU integration process is a clear and unambiguous strategic interest and priority for North Macedonia. One of the basic requirements for the integration is the harmonization of the national legislation with the EU legislation. In 2015 and 2016 North Macedonia was witnessing the largest migrant crisis which shook the already fragile legal and political system and put the State on test for respecting the rule of law, human rights, international conventions, the principles of humanity and solidarity. At that time, North Macedonia’s migration and asylum policy similarly to the EU’s policy on migration and asylum, lacked solidarity and consistency to deal with the migration influx. The legislation concerning asylum policy was amended consequently to the increase of the number of migrants. In fact, the solutions reached at that time seemed not to be so appropriate, however bearing in mind the urgency of the crisis situation that the country coped with, that legislative solution was thought to be the most suitable to solve the migration challenge at least temporarily. Following the crisis, the Law on asylum and temporary protection was amended a couple of times. This was due to the many gaps that turned out to be a ground for opening numerous questions related to the right of asylum and proper protection. Since the Law was supposed to be in line with the European acquis in matter of migration and asylum, because of the country’s European integration process, North Macedonia opted for passing a new Law for international and temporary protection that came in force in the first quarter of 2018, replacing the Law on asylum and temporary protection. In parallel a new Law for foreigners6 came into effect in June 2018 and replaced the old one. Therefore, some of the aspects of this work are to evaluate the key features of the Macedonian asylum system and their conformity with international standards and to point out the ongoing changes in the country’s asylum policy as well as to stress the drawbacks of the current system.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Social Sciences > Law
Social Sciences > Political Science
Divisions: Faculty of Law
Depositing User: Ana Nikodinovska Krstevska
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2020 09:13
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2020 09:13
URI: https://eprints.ugd.edu.mk/id/eprint/26872

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