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IOM in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BH)
Bosnia and Herzegovina (BH) is located at a migration crossroad between Eastern and Western Europe. The conflict in the former Yugoslavia from 1992 to 1995 destroyed the social and economic infrastructure and forced over half of citizens of BH to leave their homes. Today, the return of displaced persons and a rise in illegal migration, such as human trafficking and smuggling, make migration a major challenge for BH’s post-conflict recovery and development.
IOM initiated a mission in Sarajevo in 1992 in the basement of Koševo Hospital, setting up the MEDEVAC programme to evacuate war-wounded individuals who could not be treated locally. Following the end of the war, IOM expanded its activities to the return of refugees from abroad and to assist BH nationals resettling in third countries. Today, IOM’s programmes aim to prevent irregular migration, stop the trafficking of human beings, contribute to national development, and assist the BH Government to manage migration activities.
IOM is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society.
As the leading international organization for migration, IOM acts with its partners in the international community to:
- Assist in meeting the growing operational challenges of migration management,
- Advance understanding of migration issues,
- Encourage social and economic development through migration, and
- Uphold the human dignity and well-being of migrants.
Latest News and Events
In order for youth to create and organize interesting content requires the will, ideas, resources and space. The youth from Radoc / Buzim showed that they had the will and ideas. Funds were granted through the project "Community Based Approach to Support Youth in Targeted Municipalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina", and they could move to the next step in their activities, and that was a needed space!
With sports and cultural activities youth from Gornji Rahic and Maoca are trying to improve their status in the community. On the second "Community Dialogue" they pointed out the problems encountered, and they selected two projects to work on: "Cycling to Health" and “Youth Corner".
By signing a contract, youth from Lubarda / Buzim are step closer do achieving the goal – the space in which they will be able to gather and conceive new ventures in order do make positive changes in the community. By arranging a room called "Friendship Space", youth will get a functional space where they will organize a series of activities such as the cycle of interviews with successful people in the community, 3D modeling, web and graphic design workshops, humanitarian actions, socializing, and similar activities.
Third Community Dialogue, an activity within the project "Community Based Approach to Support Youth in Targeted Municipalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina" was held in Bugojno with youth from local communities: Vrbas I, Porice, Odzak, Golo Brdo, Hum, Poljice and Rovna. With the support of IOMs' local coordinators, they identified problems in their communities, and ways for those to be solved.
The project “Youth Corner” was launched in Gornja Tuzla, on the second Community Dialogue. This is a project that will provide a space for youth from Gornja Tuzla and the surrounding local communities to socialize, learn and share experiences. The space will be partly renovated and equipped to be used.
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The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) steps up its response to the ongoing arrivals of migrants and refugees in Bosnia and Herzegovina
27th December 2017, SARAJEVO – During the past days Bosnia and Herzegovina has faced increased influx of irregular migrants that are arriving to its eastern border with Montenegro. The latest arrivals originate mostly from North Africa, through Greece, Albania, on through Montenegro to Trebinje. They arrive in small groups composed predominantly of single adult men. From 01st January to 26 December 2017, the BiH Border police detained a total of 735 irregular migrants, which compare to total figures for 2016 of less than 100 irregular migrants. This represents a significant increase and has put the capacity of the relevant authorities and national aid agencies such as the Red Cross under strain. In response, IOM, in line with its mandate as the UN Migration Agency, has stepped up its efforts to assist them, in collaboration with other UN agencies.
How can teachers and schools contribute to the prevention of violent extremism?
Today IOM is organizing the first meeting with representatives from the Education authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina together and colleagues from the City of Helsinki, Finland, discussing how innovative approaches to learning and critical thinking can be introduced in schools.
Within INL funded regional project: "Strengthening Cross-Border Cooperation along the Western Balkan Route (CROBOWEB)", IOM has organized two sets workshop
Youth from Gornja Tuzla, within the framework of the second “Community Dialogue”, identified few problems in their local community and made proposals of two projects to adress these problems. These are the proposed projects: finding and equipping a space that would be a corner for youth from Gornja Tuzla and reconstruction of a playground for the youngest, who currently have no place to spend their free time.
First MoviEQ workshop, activity within the framework of the project "Community Based Approaches to Support Youth in Local Communities in BIH" was held in Cazin, and 12 young people with their energy and empathy proved that Cazin is a community where there is a room for such projects.
the local IOM team from Prijedor presented the project of building a Street Workout Park in the community of Urije. Activities planned in the second "Community Dialogue" were presented to the head of the mission of IOM in BiH, Peter Van Der Auweraert, Coordinator of the project "Support to Youth in Local Communities in BiH" Mirza Omerhodžić and Grant Manager, Kristina Šešlija.
During the "Community Dialogue" in Zavidovici, three groups of youth presented their projects: "Etiquette - Manners", Promotion of the City "I Love Zavidovici" and Educational corner "Little Mermaid" to the Selection Panel. The meeting was also attended by the mayor of Zavidovici Hasim Mujanovic.
Global Migration Film Festival and International Migrants Day Celebration in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Cinema and Migration. It’s a magical bond that began over a century ago when filmmakers, many of whom were immigrants themselves, began making movies about a world on the move. Their films brought the dramatic, poignant and comic stories of migrants to diverse audiences, through a language of images and emotions that were meaningful to every culture.