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.

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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Global Migration Film Festival and International Migrants Day Celebration in Bosnia and Herzegovina


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.


Implemented the first grant in Jablanica within the Project "Community Based Approaches to Support Youth in Targeted Communities in BiH"

Young activists from Jablanica finalized the project of setting up the lighting pillars and reflectors on the playground Deponija, in the community of Ostrožac, and a match between young people from the local community and representatives of the Municipality of Jablanica was held on that occasion.


First module of the workshop for parents organised in Tuzla within the "Community Based Approach to Support Youth in Targeted Municipalities in BiH" Project

First module of the workshop for parents within the framework of the project "Community Based Approach to Support Youth in Targeted Municipalities in BiH" was held in Tuzla. The goal of the workshop is to strengthen the local community and to encourage young people to become active members of society, for which parents' support is needed; 16 parents pointed their readiness and desire to transfer all that they have learned in their daily lives.


Local sourcing yields advantages for IOM Bosnia and Herzegovina and the local community and economy

Today, the IOM Chief of Mission, Peter Van der Auweraert, took delivery of the first office furniture to accommodate the new colleagues who will join IOM Bosnia and Herzegovina in December in the frame of the new USAID/OTI funded project on the prevention of violent extremism. In a second phase, also existing office furniture will be replaced.


Norwegian Embassy in Sarajevo support work of IOM in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Ambassador of Norwegian Embassy in Sarajevo, H.E. Guri Rusten, and the Chief of IOM Mission Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mr. Peter Van der Auweraert, signed the agreement for the project “Strengthening Institutional Capacities for Referral Mechanisms for the Prevention of Violent Extremism” on 15 November 2017.