IOM in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BH)
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.
Latest News and Events
During the last weekend, the informal group of parents from Maoca and Gornji Rahic finished the fourth module of a workshop called "Strengthening Parental Skills". The module was held in the Sports and Recreation Centre Ajdinovići, where the parents adopted new knowledge and created a plan of activities for continuing their engagement on the prevention of violent extremism.
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...
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.
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.
Young people from Cazin engaged to renovate this sports center, which will serve them to organize various sports activities. After the sports center was rebuilt, the young people organized the basketball tournament, but the installation of a video surveillance system at this location is planned in order to keep the renovated sports center in good condition in the future.
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.
Within INL funded regional project: "Strengthening Cross-Border Cooperation along the Western Balkan Route (CROBOWEB)", IOM has organized two sets workshop
Youth from Gornja Tuzla, within the framework of the second “Community Dialogue”, identified few problems in their local community and made proposals of two projects to adress these problems. These are the proposed projects: finding and equipping a space that would be a corner for youth from Gornja Tuzla and reconstruction of a playground for the youngest, who currently have no place to spend their free time.
First MoviEQ workshop, activity within the framework of the project "Community Based Approaches to Support Youth in Local Communities in BIH" was held in Cazin, and 12 young people with their energy and empathy proved that Cazin is a community where there is a room for such projects.
the local IOM team from Prijedor presented the project of building a Street Workout Park in the community of Urije. Activities planned in the second "Community Dialogue" were presented to the head of the mission of IOM in BiH, Peter Van Der Auweraert, Coordinator of the project "Support to Youth in Local Communities in BiH" Mirza Omerhodžić and Grant Manager, Kristina Šešlija.
During the "Community Dialogue" in Zavidovici, three groups of youth presented their projects: "Etiquette - Manners", Promotion of the City "I Love Zavidovici" and Educational corner "Little Mermaid" to the Selection Panel. The meeting was also attended by the mayor of Zavidovici Hasim Mujanovic.
Global Migration Film Festival and International Migrants Day Celebration in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Cinema and Migration. It’s a magical bond that began over a century ago when filmmakers, many of whom were immigrants themselves, began making movies about a world on the move. Their films brought the dramatic, poignant and comic stories of migrants to diverse audiences, through a language of images and emotions that were meaningful to every culture.
During his annual report, William L. Swing highlights that IOM is the only organization whose constitution mentions displaced persons:
Socijalni radnici iz pet Centara za socijalni rad iz BiH (Ilidža, Trebinje, Bihać, Banjaluka i Bijeljina), s kolegama iz Crne Gore posjetili su Prihvatne centre i Centre za azil u Bivšoj jugoslovenskoj republici Makedoniji i Srbiji.