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

  • Strengthening Parental Skills workshops in Zvornik

    The continuation of activities within the workshop "Strengthening Parental Skills" was held in Zvornik. The workshop lasted for two days and was divided into four sessions in which the participants had the opportunity to learn about very important, but also very interesting and useful topics related to adolescence.

  • The British Embassy Sarajevo and International Organization for Migration (IOM) joint press statement on adoption of the Law on Protection of Victims of Wartime Torture in Republika Srpska

     

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    The British Embassy Sarajevo and International Organization for Migration (IOM) joint press statement on adoption of the Law on Protection of Victims of Wartime Torture in Republika Srpska

    The British Embassy Sarajevo and IOM Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina welcome the adoption of the Law on Protection of Victims of Wartime Torture by the Republika Srpska National Assembly on 21 June 2018. The adoption of the Law represents an important step forward in providing long-awaited redress for victims of wartime torture. In accordance with the Law, victims of conflict-related sexual violence will now be able to apply for the status of victim of wartime torture, and access to a set of rights. 

     

  • Approximately 180 to 200 migrants and refugees are located in the Salakovac Center near Mostar (Aljazeera)

     

    Interview with Mr Peter Van Der Auweraert, Chief of International Organization for Migration in BiH and Sub-regional Coordinator of mentioned organization for Western Balkans

     

  • Prvi dan konferencije “Dani BHAAAS-a u BiH” u znaku tehničkih i prirodnih nauka

     

    Predsjednica Bosanskohercegovačko-američke akademije umjetnosti i nauka dr. Nirvana Pištoljević, zamjenik ministrice za ljudska prava i izbjeglice BiH Predrag Jović i direktor misije USAID u BiH Peter Duffy jutros su na Jahorini zvanično otvorili 10. Dane Bosanskohercegovačko-američke akademije umjetnosti i nauka u Bosni i Hercegovini (BHAAAS) u okviru kojih će se u Hotelu Termag, za četiri dana, održati 27 simpozija, mnoštvo okruglih stolova i panel diskusija sa 375 predavača i preko 1000 učesnika iz 24 zemlje svijeta.

     

     

  • Bosnian police prevent hundreds of migrants from entering Croatia (Reuters)

     

    The head of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in the Western Balkans posted a video on Twitter showing hundreds of migrants, mostly men with rucksacks and some children, walking through the woods toward the Maljevac border crossing. “Very worrying development that risks to create backlash that is not in interest of anyone,” the IOM’s Peter Van Der Auweraert tweeted.

     

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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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Meeting with Semiha Borovac, Minister of Human Rights and Refugees

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.

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Press release / Saopštenje za medije

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.

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The first meeting with representatives from the Education authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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.

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