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

  • The first module of the "Strengthening Parental Skills" workshop held in Zvornik

     

    The first module of the "Strengthening Parental Skills" workshop in Zvornik (May 18th and 19th) gathered parents of different professions, and they had the opportunity to socialize, educate, exchange experiences... The goal of the workshop is to strengthen the local community through education and encouraging workshop participants to transfer the acquired knowledge to other parents in the community.

     

  • Two-day workshop "Media Literacy" held in Zvornik

     

    What are the media, their impact on the creation of social reality, the analysis of media content, regulation and self-regulation, are just some of the terms that youth had the opportunity to learn at a two-day workshop "Media Literacy" held in Zvornik.

     

  • First module of the "Strengthening Parental Skills" workshop held in Tuzla

     

    First module of the "Strengthening Parental Skills" workshop in Tuzla was held last weekend. The goal of the workshop, involving 13 parents, is to empower the local community and encourage youth to become active members of society and the local community for which parents' support is needed.

     

  • Projects "Cycling to Health" and "Youth Corner" will be implemented by youth from Gornji Rahic and Maoca

     

    Projects "Cycling to Health" and "Youth Corner" will be implemented by youth from Gornji Rahic and Maoca, and contracts on their implementation have been signed with representatives of the IOM. These projects are the result of a previously held "Community Dialogue". At the same time, another "Community Dialogue" was held, where youth presented a series of proposals for solving problems in their communities, and in the following period they will work on project ideas, namely "

     

  • Buses with 270 migrants allowed to pass in Bosnia amid chaos

     

    A convoy of buses with 270 migrants, including children that were stuck in central Bosnia, was allowed to pass after several hours of political bickering on Friday — reflecting the chaotic situation in the war-scarred Balkan country as it struggles to cope with the influx.

    Authorities were transporting the migrants from Sarajevo, the capital, toward a center for asylum-seekers near the southwestern town of Mostar, but regional authorities there didn’t allow them in. They said they weren’t informed about the arrival of the convoy, something that was denied by the country’s interior minister.

     

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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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