With the long-awaited gain of legal status, Sadat has much more to hope for.
After almost 20 years of life without legal status in Montenegro, Sadat Tafaj (25) who fled from Kosovo with his family as a five-year old, finally gained a permanent residence in April this year, with the help of UNHCR. New status opened new frontiers for Sadat, including the opportunity to access social and health care as well as labour market.
“This means a lot for me and my family. With this long-awaited permit, I have much more to hope for,” said Sadat, who found a job shortly after gaining new status.
“Soon after my legal status has been resolved, I got employed at the Municipal sewage company. This will help me support my numerous family in these challenging times”
Sadat is one of 9 children of the Tafaj family, all of them facing same issue with legal status. Although his father holds a regular legal residence in Montenegro, his mother had no identity documents nor could be found in any of the registers in Kosovo. As a result, none of the children could qualify for registration in the Kosovo’s birth and citizenship registries.
After many years of searching for legal solutions for Tafaj family, backed by UNHCR support, the Ministry of Interior issued a temporary residence foreigner ID card to the mother, which enabled a basis for further registration of her children in Kosovo. This long and complex follow-up enabled 9 children of Tafaj family to apply and start receiving identity documents from Kosovo, with Sadat being the first one.
“I am looking forward to my siblings receiving permanent residence status too, so we can all finally put an end to a two-decade cycle of being undocumented and thus deprived of many rights”