Conference Title: International Conference in Business,Technology and Innovation 2013
Conference Title: UBT Publications
Contributing Editos: Prof. Albert Qarri, Prof. Ibrahim Krasniqi, Krenare Pireva, Evelina Bazini, Nita Abrashi
Co-Organizers: Ardian Emini, Vlora Aliu, Betim Gashi, Xhemajl Mehmeti, Kushtrim Dragusha, Murat Retkoceri, Kaltrina Bunjaku, Leonita Braha
Start Date: 2013-11-01
End Date: 2013-11-02
Venue, City, Country: : Hotel Bleart , Durres , Albania

Paper Title

Legislative Framework of the Republic of Kosovo in the Area of Border and Migration and its harmonization with EU Acquis


Shkelzen Sopjani


The area of border and migration is fairly new in Kosovo, especially when considering legislation adopted and en-force related to this area. Initial Law (Law on Foreigners) dealing with migration was drafted only in 2008 (after Kosovo declared its independence) and entered into force in 2009, while first legislative piece that ‘dealt’ with border and migration was adopted only in 2005, that was the UNMIK Regulation No. 2005/16, approved by the Special Representative of the Secretary General of UN. This regulation (on the Movement of Persons Into and Out of Kosovo) consisted of only 28 articles and covered the areas of entry, and exit in and out of Kosovo, refugees as well as border control. These areas are now regulated with four specific Laws and more than twenty sub-legal acts (Administrative Instructions) and a number of Standard Operation Procedures (SOP’s). In addition, a part from the national security related concerns when dealing with border and migration, this area also directly relates with the Government of Kosovo’s top priorities;, one being visa liberalization of Kosovo with European Union; as well as the highest strategic priority of the Kosovo’s Government, being the full integration of the Republic of Kosovo into the European Union, that requires the harmonization of Kosovo’s Legislation with the EU Acquis Communitaire. This study aims to give an overall picture to the Kosovo’s legislation in the area of Border and Migration Management and its compatibility with the EU Acquis covering the respective area.


Border, Migration, Legislation, EU, Foreigners.