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

  • Novi smještaj za migrante u Sarajevu, u Bihaću alarmantno (N1)

     

    Kasarna Ušivak u Hadžićima trebalo bi da krajem sedmice primi prve migrante. Radovi u kompleksu se privode kraju. Kapacitet prostora je predviđen za 400 migranata. Do prijema prvih migranata, sudeći prema situaciji na terenu, broje se sati. Kontejner za smještaj migranata prilagođen je za boravak porodica, a cijeli kompleks ima 66 kontejnera koji mogu primiti 400 stotine migranata. Kontejneri za samce, sa nešto više kreveta - ključevi u bravi, spremni za preuzimanje. Grijanje, struja i ono što je za migrante uglavnom najvažnije - internet veza. Sanitarni kontjeri, na svom mjestu, sa tuševima, mokrim čvorovima i svim što je potreno za ličnu higijenu. U ovom kompleksu bit će tri obroka dnevno, ali i izolovan prostor za eventualno oboljele migrante.

    "Migranti će imati i medicinsku zaštitu, a bit će tu objekat kuhinje, koji će opsluživati "Pomozi.ba", a bit će tu i razne društvene aktivnosti za migrante tokom dana. Zbog čega je potrajalo otvaranje? Najviše zbog građevinskih radova, nemogućnosti da dobijemo na uvid katastar podzemne strukture, tako da smo sve morali nanovo", istakao je Dražan Rozić, projekt-koordinator IOM-a.

     

  • Project "Parents for Parents" initiated in Bugojno community

     

    An informal group of parents from Bugojno started with the implementation of the project "Parents for Parents". This group of parents from Bugojno started their joint journey at the first Module of education for parents held in Bugojno. After the completion of four Modules, the idea was the the group of parents who completed this kind of education would also help other parents from the municipality of Bugojno.

     

  • iDiaspora platform launched today

     

    On Monday 8 October on the opening day of the International Dialogue on Migration iDiaspora platform is launched officially. The launch took place in Geneva from 13:15 to 14:45 while a satellite event was hosted in Cairo.

    iDiaspora is a global engagement and knowledge exchange hub for diaspora communities and those looking to engage with them. It provides comprehensive, regularly updated data and analysis relevant to diaspora communities, policy makers, NGO actors, and showcases successful diaspora actions and partnerships.

  • 'Solidarity, understanding, humanity' welcome refugees in Bosnia (Aljazeera)

     

    "I have seen that Bosnia and Herzegovina citizens, whether they are poor, middle-class, rich, whether they are Serbs, Croats or Bosniak - the overwhelming majority responded with solidarity, understanding and humanity."

    PETER VAN DER AUWERAERT, WESTERN BALKANS COORDINATOR FOR THE IOM

     

  • MoviEQ workshop was successfully completed in Čapljina

     

    On September 30, in the Municipality of Capljina, the fifth MoviEQ workshop was successfully completed with 11 participants. The workshop was held at the regional school in Bivolje Brdo, with the support of the School Principal, who provided the premises for this workshop.
    At this workshop, the participants learned a lot about the integrative complexity, active listening, and ways to be better individuals in the community and how to see the bigger picture.

     

Latest Vacancy

Signed a EUR 1 million grant agreement for the opening of a reception center in Hadzici, Sarajevo

 

The response to the migrant situation in BiH is being stepped up as the CEB Vice Governor and IOM Chief of Mission signed a EUR 1 million grant agreement for the opening of a reception center in Hadzici, Sarajevo. CEB Vice Governor, Rosa-Maria Sanchez Yebra, visited the center, which will host up to 400 persons.

 

 

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What are the challenges facing Bosnia and Herzegovina presently and in the coming period? - TV1

 

Peter Van Der Auweraert, IOM Representative in BiH and Western Balkans Sub-regional Coordinator, Mijo Kresic, Deputy Minister of Security of BiH and Nedzad Korajlic, Dean of the Faculty of Criminalistics, Criminology and Security Studies of the University of Sarajevo spoke about this issue for TV1.

https://tv1.ba/produkcija/kopca-sa-nikolinom-veljovic/video-kopca-sa-nikolinom-veljovic-migrantska-kriza-7-6-2018/

 

 

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UN Migration Agency Statement on International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT)

 

In a world where more than a third of countries criminalize consensual same-sex relationships, disclosing your gender identity and sexual orientation can be extremely dangerous. For internally displaced members of the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) community, it can also cripple livelihoods and even be life-threatening.

The injustice that the LGBTI community faces in non-emergency settings does not simply disappear in times of crisis or when people become displaced, in fact, it is usually amplified.

LGBTI internally displaced persons face complex challenges and threats during all stages of displacement. These include discrimination, prejudice, violence, difficulty accessing humanitarian services and barriers to articulating their protection needs.

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The migrant confession about the smuggling from Montenegro (N1)

 

Peter Van der Auweraert, the Western Balkans Sub-regional Coordinator of the International Organization for Migration pointed out that smugglers from BiH are often part of the international criminal networks:

“Large majority of immigrants in BiH used smugglers at one point. If they didn’t, such journeys would not be possible to organize. It is hard to detect the smugglers, due to the fact that most of the smugglers routes are international ones. Those are not necessarily the routes of Bosnia, Albania, Montenegro. They are international.”

 

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Interview with Peter Van der Auweraert, Start magazin, 09 March 2018

 

In first 2 months of 2018, 200 persons requested asylum and got free legal aid, mainly males, says NGO Your Rights. “We are acting in their behalf in the procedures of asylum seeking, we provide advice, information. If the asylum is approved, we are leading them through the procedures of realizing their refugee rights. If the MoS passes the negative decision, we are pressing charges with the Court of BiH”. The goal of each migrant is their personal thing. “It is not good to talk about their goals because we are entering the essence of individual cases. We should bare on mind that asylum process is secret”. “The Law on Foreigners and the Law on Asylum do not prescribe sanctions for providing humanitarian aid. The Law envisages sanctions to the private and physical persons who are providing accommodation to foreigners without reporting their residence. If someone has rented an apartment to the persons without documents, that one is not guilty because was not obliged to know about that”, says Your Rights.

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Za prva dva mjeseca 2018. godine 200 lica je u procesu traženja azila u BiH dobilo besplatnu pravnu pomoć u nevladinoj organizaciji „Vaša prava“, uglavnom samci muškog pola, kažu u ovoj nevladinoj organizaciji specijalizovanoj za besplatnu pravnu pomoć. „Zastupamo ih u proceduri traženja azila na način da ih savjetujemo, informišemo i pomažemo u procesu registracije i intervjua. Ako dobiju azil, vodimo ih kroz proceduru ostvarivanja izbjegličkih prava. Ako Ministarstvo sigurnosti BiH, koje je nadležno za postupak azila, donese negativnu odluku, pišemo tužbu Sudu BiH“, pojašnjavaju u „Vašim pravima“. Napominju da je cilj svakog azilanta u BiH lična stvar. „Nezahvalno je govoriti o tome šta je njihov cilj u BiH jer ulazimo u suštinu individualnih slučajeva. Treba imati u vidu da je postupak azila tajan“, kažu u „Vašim pravima“ i napominju da pružanje pomoći iregularnim migrantima i tražiteljima azila nije nezakonita radnja.

 

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Conference "Psychological Support in the Security Sector" organized by IOM in cooperation with the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Conference on the topic of Psychological Support in the Security Sector, organized by IOM in cooperation with the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina, is being held within the project PREVENTIVA, at the UN House on 27 February 2018. Numerous security sector representatives have the opportunity to gain insights into professional and peer psychological support provided to security professionals in their everyday duties.

 

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The projects "Cycling to Health" and "Youth Corner" presented by youth from Gornji Rahic and Maoca

The projects "Cycling to Health" and "Youth Corner" youth from Gornji Rahic and Maoca presented to project committee last weekend. Guided by the fact that youth is turning to technology rather than sports, as well as lack of space for socializing, youth will strive to improve their position in the community through these two projects. 

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