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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Van der Auweraert said many migrants with families now preferred to remain in some of the facilities run by the IOM in Bosnia.
“Most of the families, I think, decided to sit out the winter in Bosnia and Herzegovina – that's the information that we have in the facilities that we run for families in Bira and Borici [in Bihac], though young males are continuing to cross over,” he said.
Through discussion on different examples of so-called "crisis situation" with which parents meet on a daily basis, it is concluded that every situation can be solved, as well as that a timely reaction to certain behaviors in young people can prevent consequences such as deviant behavior. The aim of this education is for parents to learn more about the skills that contribute significantly to the optimal development of youth, the proper building of identity and the formation of healthy and strong personality.
"Back to the Game" and "A Bus of Happiness" are two project ideas that the informal group of young people from Bužim presented at the Community Dialogue. For the past month, this group of young people has been working hard on gathering and drafting documentation. The enthusiasm of the selection panel members and other guests is the evidence of their hard work, but also the wind in their backs to persist in their intentions.
After the presentation of the projects, young people emphasized that the members of the selection panel, proposed by them, met their expectations through well-intentioned advice and critics, which is very important for young people who have the opportunity to work on project ideas for the first time.
Together they have come to many conclusions, and some of them are: media messages must be human and reasonable, the system of values must be strengthened through social action and response, authority over children implies love, and not force, the goal of parenting is to teach the child to act responsibly in the absence of parents.
Interview with Mr. Peter van der Auweraert, IOM Sub-regional Coordinator for the Western Balkans, 02/02/2017
On 8 November 2016, the IOM Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina welcomed almost 40 guests from international organizations, local embassies, state authorities and NGOs to mark the end of the project ‘Establishment of an Early Warning Information Sharing Network along the Migration Route from Greece to Hungary and Croatia’, funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Migration.
United Nations, New York - The United Nations Summit on Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants which took place on Monday in New York, provides a singular opportunity for the global community to forge a greater consensus on managing the world’s movements of migrants and refugees. IOM considers migration to be a mega-trend of the 21st Century representing unprecedented human mobility with one of every seven persons worldwide living or working somewhere other than their place of birth.
Ministry of Security of BiH organized the promotion of the Strategy in the Area of Migration and Asylum and Action Plan for the period 2016-2020, today in Sarajevo. This strategic document defines the policy in the area of migration and asylum according to the highest international and European standards. As in other areas, Bosnia and Herzegovina wants to use the current positive trends in managing migration and asylum processes towards the European and Euro-Atlantic integration.
About the World Humanitarian Summit
The world is witnessing the highest level of human suffering since the Second World War. This is why, for the first time in the 70-year history of the United Nations, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has convened the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul on 23 -24 May.