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

  • "Parents without borders"

     

    On Saturday, 17th November, the second module of workshop for parents was held, where they had the the opportunity to learn more about great importance of good communication between parents and children as one of the biggest and maybe the heaviest challenges of parenting today, and to learn about basics of verbal and non-verbal communication as equally important factors in their relationship with children.

     

     

  • Community Dialogue was held in Maoča and Gornji Rahić

     

    Last weekend another Community Dialogue was held. This time it was held in communities Maoča and Gornji Rahić. Youth gathered on this Dialogue talked about problems and disadvantages related to their community, but offered solutions and made decisions about the best way to approach those problems, as well.

     

     

  • The first module of Community Dialogue with participants of the MoviEQ workshops was held in Tuzla

     

    On Saturday, the first module of Community Dialogue with participants of the MoviEQ workshops was held in Tuzla. The dialogue was attended by a group of 13 different young people who have already had an opportunity to develop a critical thinking trough MoviEQ workshops.

     

     

     

  • MoviEQ Workshop held in Foca

    During the last four days in Foca the group of young people, fourteen of them, were part of the MoviEQ workshop. Through various interactive exercises and games they have learnt how to develop different and broader picture and perspective of different life events. Learning and having fun, this group of youth had the opportunity to upgrade their knowledge and improve their integrative complexity and creativity.

     

  • Community dialogue held in Foča has brought up the problems that the youth of this community is facing

     

    The recognition of the problem and its complete identification are one of the first steps to solving that problem. The fact that the young people are aware of the problems in their communities is well shown on every dialogue organized as part of the project "Community Based Approach to Support to Youth in Targeted Communities in Bosnia and Herzegovina" so far. The involvement of youth in these dialogues, the recognition of the problems and solving some of them, as well as the fact that it has been spoken about and listened to the needs of youth, create the positive story and improve the environment for youth.

     

     

     

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The first module of the third Community Dialogue was held in Foca

The first module of the third "Community Dialogue" was held yesterday in Foca, and youth pointed the problems encountered! After discussing potential solutions it was decided that in the coming period they would prepare project proposals: "Arranging a picnic area for youth", "Procurement of music equipment and sound systems for various events". 

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PRESS STATEMENT - Massive Data Gaps Leave Refugee, Migrant and Displaced Children in Danger and Without Access to Basic Services

PRESS STATEMENT

Sarajevo, 15 February 2018

 

Massive Data Gaps Leave Refugee, Migrant and Displaced Children in Danger and Without Access to Basic Services

An estimated 28 million children were living in forced displacement in 2016, but the true figure is likely much higher

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The fourth MoviEQ workshop held in Tuzla

At the fourth MoviEQ workshop in Tuzla, 20 young people have the opportunity to learn through the presentation, learning, playing and thinking that the world is not black and white, but that it is full of colors. The four-day workshop began yesterday (Thursday, January 25th) and participants will have the opportunity to extend their view on life and raise their integrative complexity to a higher level.

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Two informal youth groups and IOM representatives signed contracts on implementation of two projects

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.

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The first module of the second Community Dialogue was held in Capljina

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". 

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Contract signed by the representatives of two youth groups from Foca and representatives of IOM ("Community Based Approach to Support Youth in Targeted Municipalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina")

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. 

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