BIRN Kosovo Holds Workshop on Reintegrating Returnees from War Zones

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BIRN Kosovo held a regional workshop on March 27 in Prishtina on reinforcing the role of Centres for Social Welfare and Municipal Directorates of Education, Emergency and Security, Health and Mental Health, along with other relevant institutions, in strengthening the process of the reintegration and resocialisation of returnees from Middle Eastern conflict zones.

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The workshop was delivered by Labinot Leposhtica, Coordinator for Monitoring of Courts and Law Office at BIRN Kosovo, and focused on the state’s vision for preventing radicalism and violent extremism that leads to terrorism.

“The meeting with regional officials from Pristina – which was composed of participants, such as correctional service officials, probation service officials, social workers, psychologists, municipal officials – was a very good opportunity for the participants to understand the obligations that the new strategy will bring for the prevention of extremism, which foresees the formation of multidisciplinary teams. At the same time, it is an opportunity for these officials to hear about the role, responsibilities and duties of other municipal officials in terms of creating a suitable environment for reintegration and re-socialization,” said Leposhtica.

“Frontline officials are very important in the early identification of the appearance of the first signs of radicalism and at the same time they are also the last address that should offer treatment to radicalized individuals who have moved to other institutional links in the programs of rehabilitation and reintegration,” he added.

Ten representatives from the various institutions participated in the workshop, six of whom were women.

The workshop was the seventh held by BIRN Kosovo as part of the Resilient Community Programme, which is funded by the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund, GCERF.