The Project plans to create a social enterprise that will integrate refugees in Serbia on the supply side as distributors, suppliers or employees, supporting their potential to secure sustainable monthly income for themselves and their families. By providing training, basic tools and equipment, as well as building up capital and social network, this project will economically empower and socially integrate at least 50 refugees in 6 municipalities in Serbia.
Of 537.937 refugees, registered in Serbia in 1996, 300,000 received Serbian citizenship, making it one of the vastest integration processes in modern Europe. Serbia is still a residing country of over 80,000 refugees from the neighboring countries, 200,000 of displaced persons from Kosovo, and 3,000 refugees from the Middle East. Despite the efforts of the Serbian government and international community, refugees in Serbia face numerous challenges in accessing rights and employment opportunities.
The Igman Initiative will provide training, tolls, equipment and raw material, and build up capital and social networks, for a social enterprise that will ensure employment for at least 50 most vulnerable refugees, and their families. The main objective is to support the earning potential of 50 refugee families in an empowering and sustainable way, and advance their economic and social integration into their residing communities.
Improve living standards of 50 refugee families; contribute to promotion of equal access to rights regardless of racial or ethnic origin, religion, belief or disability; contribute to increased competitiveness of local markets and progress in human development; and strengthen the capacities of other communities in which refugees reside by disseminating analytical and methodological tools, and promoting replication potential of the social enterprise.