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

  • 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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What are the challenges facing Bosnia and Herzegovina presently and in the coming period? - TV1

 

Peter Van Der Auweraert, IOM Representative in BiH and Western Balkans Sub-regional Coordinator, Mijo Kresic, Deputy Minister of Security of BiH and Nedzad Korajlic, Dean of the Faculty of Criminalistics, Criminology and Security Studies of the University of Sarajevo spoke about this issue for TV1.

https://tv1.ba/produkcija/kopca-sa-nikolinom-veljovic/video-kopca-sa-nikolinom-veljovic-migrantska-kriza-7-6-2018/

 

 

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UN Migration Agency Statement on International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT)

 

In a world where more than a third of countries criminalize consensual same-sex relationships, disclosing your gender identity and sexual orientation can be extremely dangerous. For internally displaced members of the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) community, it can also cripple livelihoods and even be life-threatening.

The injustice that the LGBTI community faces in non-emergency settings does not simply disappear in times of crisis or when people become displaced, in fact, it is usually amplified.

LGBTI internally displaced persons face complex challenges and threats during all stages of displacement. These include discrimination, prejudice, violence, difficulty accessing humanitarian services and barriers to articulating their protection needs.

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The migrant confession about the smuggling from Montenegro (N1)

 

Peter Van der Auweraert, the Western Balkans Sub-regional Coordinator of the International Organization for Migration pointed out that smugglers from BiH are often part of the international criminal networks:

“Large majority of immigrants in BiH used smugglers at one point. If they didn’t, such journeys would not be possible to organize. It is hard to detect the smugglers, due to the fact that most of the smugglers routes are international ones. Those are not necessarily the routes of Bosnia, Albania, Montenegro. They are international.”

 

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Interview with Peter Van der Auweraert, Start magazin, 09 March 2018

 

In first 2 months of 2018, 200 persons requested asylum and got free legal aid, mainly males, says NGO Your Rights. “We are acting in their behalf in the procedures of asylum seeking, we provide advice, information. If the asylum is approved, we are leading them through the procedures of realizing their refugee rights. If the MoS passes the negative decision, we are pressing charges with the Court of BiH”. The goal of each migrant is their personal thing. “It is not good to talk about their goals because we are entering the essence of individual cases. We should bare on mind that asylum process is secret”. “The Law on Foreigners and the Law on Asylum do not prescribe sanctions for providing humanitarian aid. The Law envisages sanctions to the private and physical persons who are providing accommodation to foreigners without reporting their residence. If someone has rented an apartment to the persons without documents, that one is not guilty because was not obliged to know about that”, says Your Rights.

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Za prva dva mjeseca 2018. godine 200 lica je u procesu traženja azila u BiH dobilo besplatnu pravnu pomoć u nevladinoj organizaciji „Vaša prava“, uglavnom samci muškog pola, kažu u ovoj nevladinoj organizaciji specijalizovanoj za besplatnu pravnu pomoć. „Zastupamo ih u proceduri traženja azila na način da ih savjetujemo, informišemo i pomažemo u procesu registracije i intervjua. Ako dobiju azil, vodimo ih kroz proceduru ostvarivanja izbjegličkih prava. Ako Ministarstvo sigurnosti BiH, koje je nadležno za postupak azila, donese negativnu odluku, pišemo tužbu Sudu BiH“, pojašnjavaju u „Vašim pravima“. Napominju da je cilj svakog azilanta u BiH lična stvar. „Nezahvalno je govoriti o tome šta je njihov cilj u BiH jer ulazimo u suštinu individualnih slučajeva. Treba imati u vidu da je postupak azila tajan“, kažu u „Vašim pravima“ i napominju da pružanje pomoći iregularnim migrantima i tražiteljima azila nije nezakonita radnja.

 

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Conference "Psychological Support in the Security Sector" organized by IOM in cooperation with the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Conference on the topic of Psychological Support in the Security Sector, organized by IOM in cooperation with the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina, is being held within the project PREVENTIVA, at the UN House on 27 February 2018. Numerous security sector representatives have the opportunity to gain insights into professional and peer psychological support provided to security professionals in their everyday duties.

 

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The projects "Cycling to Health" and "Youth Corner" presented by youth from Gornji Rahic and Maoca

The projects "Cycling to Health" and "Youth Corner" youth from Gornji Rahic and Maoca presented to project committee last weekend. Guided by the fact that youth is turning to technology rather than sports, as well as lack of space for socializing, youth will strive to improve their position in the community through these two projects. 

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The third MoviEQ workshop held in Novi Grad Sarajevo

Youth from the local communities of Sokolje and Zabrdje (Novi Grad Sarajevo) participated in the third MoviEQ workshop and through interesting content they had opportunity to acquire new skills of emotional intelligence and increase their level of integrative complexity, more complex view of the world. Throughout a four-day workshop, youth applied the techniques of active listening and conflict resolution, made video clips about conflicting sides, and to see the responsibility of the media in highlighting differences among various groups. The workshop ended thirteen participants and they received Cambridge University certificates. 

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