New report on progress in combatting human trafficking in Macedonia

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In its new report, the Council of Europe’s anti-trafficking expert group (GRETA) welcomes positive developments in “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” and calls on the authorities to do more to lower human trafficking risks for children and migrants.

GRETA welcomes the evolution of the legislative, policy and institutional framework, the training provided to an expanded range of professionals and the research carried out on different aspects of trafficking in human beings.

However, GRETA notes with concern that the number of formally identified victims of trafficking has diminished over the years, largely due to the decreased financial and human resources as a result of the migration crisis. It urges the national authorities to pay increased attention to detecting potential victims among migrants and asylum seekers and to proactively identify victims of trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation.

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