Study on Durable Solutions for Konik Residents
Within the "Durable solution for refugees, displaced and domiciled Roma in Montenegro Project”, funded by the Multi Partner Trust Fund, a comprehensive research was conducted on various life aspects of residents of Konik, the suburb of Montenegrin capital Podgorica. The Study is raising some of the most important issues that some 30,000 people residing in this area, are facing.
The Study consist of two separate documents: Study on Durable Solutions for Konik Residents - determining and addressing the sectors’ specific challenges (education, health, social, employment, etc) and defining the priority actions and recommendations which once implemented could lead towards positive changes and the Report on the Legal Status of persons living in the area of the Konik camp, with recommendations for its improvement - which covers the issues on regulating refugees' legal status in Montenegro. Both studies support the process of evidence based policy making in the country and better targeting of assistance to the most vulnerable.
- It is estimated that nearly half of the entire Roma and Egyptian population and some 3,000 of refuges/displaced (the most vulnerable categories of population in Montenegro) are residing in Konik.
- The problem of unemployment affects residents of Konik area in particular. Main obstacle for employment is posed by the insufficient level of education, while additional limitations were brought by the global economic crisis.
- The Konik area is characterised by a lack of adequate health and social services, and the most severe problem is education.