Two informal youth groups and IOM representatives signed contracts on implementation of projects "Promotion of the City - I Love Zavidovici" and Educational Corner "Little Mermaid" on Wednesday (January 24th). The signing was attended by the Mayor of Zavidovici Hasim Mujanovic, representatives of the media, schools and NGOs.
IOM in Bosnia and Herzegovina (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.
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.
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Migrants children accompanied by their parents participated in a three-day football school in Cazin and Buzim
"Since we arrived to Bosnia and Herzegovina, we did not have the opportunity to see our children this happy", says one of the parents from the Temporary migrant center at Sedra Hotel in Cazin. We are grateful and in the name of all parents I wish to thank the organizers who invited us and the IOM that enabled our children to participate in this three-day event.
The IOM is helping Bosnia and Herzegovina to prepare for autumn and winter, when the spartan camp at Velika Kladusa and roofless, windowless dormitory in Bihac will be hopelessly – and dangerously – inadequate for the needs of thousands of people...
At the ceremony, the youth which gathered at a single spot had the chance to present the most beautiful traditional dances and new folklore clothing, which was implemented with the assistance of IOM, but also the youngsters who are the members of mentioned folklore society contributing to its progress by their engagement.
With the support of the local community, especially the municipality of Bužim and the mayor, the desire of young people to embellish the childhood for generations that carry the future, has been fulfilled.
|Title||Duty Station||Closing Date|
|VN 13-09-2018 Consultant for Incident Response Assessment (Bosnia and Herzegovina Resilience Initiative)||2018-10-05|
|VN 12-09-18 Psychologist, Prijedor||Prijedor||2018-09-25|
|VN 11-09-18 Social Worker, Prijedor||Prijedor||2018-09-25|
|VN 10-09-18 Social Worker, Zenica||Zenica||2018-09-21|
|VN 09-09-18 Psychologist, Jablanica||Jablanica||2018-09-21|
|VN 08-09-18 Pedagogue, Jablanica||Jablanica||2018-09-21|
|VN 07-09-18 Social Worker, Foča||Foča||2018-09-21|
|VN 06-09-18 Defectologist, Foča||Foča||2018-09-21|
|VN 05-09-18 Social Worker, Cazin||Cazin||2018-09-21|
|VN 04-09-18 Social Pedagogue, Bužim||Bužim||2018-09-21|
|VN 03-09-18 Psychologist, Bužim||Bužim||2018-09-21|
|VN 02-09-18 Psychologist, Bileća||Bileca||2018-09-21|
|VN 01-09-18 Social Worker, Bileća||Bileca||2018-09-21|
|JAVNI POZIV ZA DOSTAVLJANJE PONUDA ZA IZVOĐENJE RADOVA NA VANJSKOM I UNUTRAŠNJEM UREĐENJU OBJEKTA ĐAČKOG DOMA BORIĆI||2018-09-25|
On the 2nd module of the 1st "Community Dialogue" two ideas were presented to the project committee in East Sarajevo / Local Community Vojkovici, which youth prepared and would like to implement in the context of the project "Community Based Approach to Support Youth in Targeted Municipalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina".
Youth from Capljina at the second MoviEQ workshop, held from January 25 to 28, through socializing, presenting, learning and thinking, realized that the world is not what it is like in the media.
The first module of the second Community Dialogue was held in Capljina. Youth from local communities Bivolje Brdo, Domanovici and Oplicici pointed to the problems they are facing. After discussing potential solutions, it was decided that two projects would be implemented in the coming period, one is "Procurement of equipment for cultural and artistic society", and the other "Procurement of sports equipment for pupils from 1st to 5th grade".
That parents are important link in any society showed the "The parents’ body" in Zenica, which ended the 3rd module of the training "Strengthening parenting skills". This time they learned about the adolescent period, and how best to act in a crisis situation.
The contracts on the implementation of the projects "Construction of multipurpose sports grounds in Jezerine" and "Arranging area around monumental medieval tombstones and arranging promenade near lake" were signed yesterday by the representatives of two youth groups from Foca and representatives of IOM.
"Little Kindergarten" in Gornji Rahic and Maoca started working this weekend! Parents from Gornji Rahic on Saturdays, and from Maoca on Sundays can bring their children in Kindergarten to play with the young volunteers from these communities.
During the courtesy visit and working meeting with Semiha Borovac, Minister of Human Rights and Refugees, Peter Van Der Auweraert, IOM Chief of Mission in BiH spoke about the necessity to have as many BiH institutions on board with the goal to issue adequate response to the migrant crisis and influx of migrants to the country, which is becoming larger.
It was emphasized that the priority now is to secure additional accommodation and protection for migrants, especially when it comes to most vulnerable population, like families, unaccompanied minors, marginalized groups.. Van der Auweraert also said that in order to receive international aid, it is necessary for Bosnia and Herzegovina to adopt clear plan of action when it comes to increased migrant influx. Such plan is being drafted and we are expecting a discussion at the BiH Council of Ministers about the mentioned topic.
The third Community Dialogue, held in Buzim, brought together youth from local communities Varoska Rijeka and Konjodor. Situation of youth assessed as ungrateful and they mentioned problems such as lack of support, free time contents, opportunities for youth and the problems of traffic safety.
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.