IOM in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH)

BiH

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.

Mission statement

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

  • "Let's get to know each other" - project proposal resulted from Community Dialogue

     

    There are several phases for young people to go through that aim to get to know each other, and they are consisted of road trips that are going to be entertaining and educational, creative workshops, and ensuring space for the exchange socially helpful things between young people who have similar or the same interests on a local community level.

     

  • International Organization for Migration (IOM) supports the improvement of the legal framework for the war-time survivors of sexual violence in BiH

     

    Around 50 representatives of relevant stakeholders from these cantons (Centres for Social Work, Centre for Mental Health, municipal bodies and Survivors' Associations) get acquainted with the impediments within the implementation of the legal framework at the FBiH level. In order to harmonize the procedures with the instructions given by the Commission providing the expert opinion, the round table discussion between the FBiH Commission and relevant stakeholders is a helpful platform for knowledge and experience exchange in working with a special category.

     

  • The seventh MoviEQ workshop held in Zenica

     

    This time too, participants didn't hide their enthusiasm with the approach, purpose and the way of conducting this workshop that aims to improve active listening, change the participants' perceptions of the world and media, as well as their relationship toward themselves and others.

     

  • The sixth MoviEQ workshop that was held in Zvornik

     

    One of the participants has shared her impressions after this workshop: "I am thrilled with the process that is taking place here. Everyone is so kind and I have learnt many things from others."

     

  • The eight MoviEQ workshop held in Prijedor

     

    Another group of young people have learned new skills that they will apply in everyday life.

     

Latest Vacancy

1 million BAM from the UK Government in support of local communities in Una-Sana Canton hosting migrants and refugees

 

The project will support local authorities’ efforts to ensure improved delivery of public goods and services, both to migrants and the local population in Una-Sana Canton. The project will also support the reparation and revitalization of public spaces, such as the Bihac City Park and the Partisan Memorial Cemetery in Borici.

 

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Bosnia struggles to cope with arrival of thousands of migrants

 

15 May, 2018

SARAJEVO/BIHAC (Reuters) - Bosnia is struggling to cope with the arrival of thousands of migrants and refugees, many of whom are sleeping in parks in the capital and other towns as they seek passage into western Europe. The country’s asylum center has 200 beds and 80 to 150 people have arrived each day this month, Security Minister Dragan Mektic said on Monday. About 4,000 people from Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Algeria and Afghanistan have entered Bosnia this year compared with 755 in 2017 and up to 1,500 are stuck there. Many have faced perilous journeys.

“I was sent back from Croatia six times,” said Omar from Iraq, who arrived in Bosnia with his younger brother after spending two years in Greece. Omar declined to give his last name. “I must get to Germany because all my family is there,” said the 19-year-old, echoing many others who spoke in the empty old building in Bihac near the Croatian border where he stayed.

 

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Bosnia Struggles With Thousands Of Migrants On New Route To Western Europe

 

16 May, 2018

 

Bosnia-Herzegovina is struggling to cope with an influx of thousands of migrants mostly from the Middle East trying to reach Western Europe that authorities and aid groups warn could develop into a crisis.

Bosnia's governing council met on May 15 to consider measures to deal with the thousands of migrants who have turned to the small Balkan country in recent months, trying to avoid more heavily guarded routes and borders in the Balkans. About 4,000 people from Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Algeria, and Afghanistan have entered Bosnia so far this year compared with 755 in 2017, migrant aid groups say. Most are seeking to cross the border into EU-member Croatia, and then move on toward Western Europe, but about 1,500 have remained in the country after being blocked from entering the European Union.

 

 

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Rights Official Urges Bosnia to Do More for Migrants

 

By The Associated Press
May 15, 2018

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — Bosnia must do more to help migrants, a European human rights official said Tuesday as the war-scarred country struggles to cope with a growing influx of people trying to reach Western Europe through the Balkans.

Dunja Mijatovic, the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights, expressed concern in a letter to Bosnian authorities over "lack of systematic response" to the situation, with migrants sleeping outdoors in Bosnia's streets and parks. "I am concerned to learn that many refugees and migrants, including families with children, sleep rough on the streets and have irregular access to food," Mijatovic wrote. "This situation cannot continue in this way."

 

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IOM Representative in BiH: The goal is provide additional accommodation for migrants

 

IOM is intensively dealing with the problems of irregular migration in BiH. Growing number of migrants is not only confirmed by statistics and numbers, but also by the scenes and sights on the streets and parks of Bosnia and Herzegovina, where one could see the increased presence of migrants.

Since the beginning of 2018 until 15 April, over 1000 migrants entered BiH, while in the first 3 months of this year we had 10 times more than in the same period last year.

Who are the migrants that are entering BiH? How many will actually cross the border in the coming period, while 50.000 migrants are stranded between the Greek islands and our country?

How to overcome the challenges of overburdened administration and lack of capacities when it comes to accommodation, but also human capacities?

 

 

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Peter Duffy, Director of the USAID Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina, met local coordinators of IOM in Prijedor

 

Peter Duffy, Director of the USAID Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina, met today with a team of local coordinators of IOM in Prijedor. Within the official visit, they talked about what has been done so far in this city, the project of launching the Day Center for Children and Youth in Donja Ljubija was presented, which is in its final stage. There also discussed the projects whose implementation is under way – for extreme sports hall, construction of street workout park, and launching a unique Creative and Educational Center...

 

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Call for expression of interest to join IOM mobile teams to monitor migration flows in BiH

 

Call for expression of interest to join IOM mobile teams to monitor migration flows in BiH

IOM is looking for interested candidates for monitoring and providing regular updates on the migration flows in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the areas around Brčko, Bijeljina, Zvornik, Višegrad, Rudo, Čajniče, Foča, Bileća, Trebinje, Bosansko Grahovo, Bihać and Velika Kladuša.

Hiring is subject to availability of funds.

Interested candidates are encouraged to send their CV and cover letter to iomsjjmission@iom.int before 10 April 2018.

 

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