UNHCR in North Macedonia

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) supervises the implementation of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol in North Macedonia and the measures undertaken to end statelessness and prevent it from reoccurring, in line with the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons and to the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness, to which the Republic of North Macedonia is a signatory state.

UNHCR has been present in the Republic of North Macedonia since 1993, when the office opened upon the government’s invitation. The country has hosted refugees since its independence in 1991, with the arrival of refugees from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia.

In the past years, UNHCR has been closely working with the government for the protection of the persons under its mandate in North Macedonia, namely asylum-seekers, persons granted international protection, including the remaining refugees from Kosovo1, and persons at risk of statelessness.

How can you contact UNHCR in North Macedonia?

  • UNHCR Helpline for persons granted international protection (refugees, persons granted subsidiary protection), (potential) asylum-seekers and stateless persons (SMS, Viber, WhatsApp): + 389 70 229 001 (Calls at local phone rates)
  • UNHCR emergency number Vinojug: +389 72 269 354
  • Email Protection team: [email protected]         
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UNHCRSkopje1
  • Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/unhcrnorthmacedonia
  • Mail/personal visits: Uros Dzudovic 2A, 1000 Skopje, North Macedonia

Please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions, visits are received by appointment only, that can be scheduled by calling the helpline or the mail address.

1 References to Kosovo shall be understood to be in the context of Security Council Resolution 1244 (1999).