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

  • Two youth groups from Foca and representatives of the IOM last Friday signed contracts on the implementation of the projects "To hear us louder" and "Sport and reconstruction of a youth outings spot for greater youth activism"


    Two youth groups from Foca and representatives of the IOM last Friday signed contracts on the implementation of the projects "To hear us louder" and "Sport and reconstruction of a youth outings spot for greater youth activism", nominated at the third "Community Dialogue". The importance of these projects has been recognized and it shows the fact that the local community will participate in their implementation with 50% of the funds. 

  • Signed contracts on the construction of a children's playground in Jablanica


    Contracts on the construction of a children's playground as well as the furnishing of the room for staying, learning and quality time for youth from the area of the Glogosnica (Jablanica) and surrounding places, were signed by representatives of youth and IOM representatives. These projects were proposed by youth, and excellent cooperation was realized with "Suljo Cilic" Primary School, Jablanica Municipality, Community Council, NGOs and Youth Club "Under the same sun".

  • The fourth MoviEQ workshop was held in Gornji Rahic


    The fourth MoviEQ workshop for youth from the local communities of Gornji Rahic and Maoca was ended with the award of the Cambridge University Certificate on completed education. The youth had the opportunity to learn more about active listening and thinking, and the workshop marked a lot of positive energy and the desire of youth to raise their integrative complexity to a higher level with newly acquired vows.

  • Third MoviEQ workshop was held in Capljina


    Eight young people from Capljina, participants of the third MoviEQ (4 - 7 March) workshop, received Cambridge University certificates on successfully completion of trainig, which was organized within the project "Community Based Approach to Support Youth in Targeted Municipalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina"! Through participation in the workshop, they had the opportunity to develop their emotional intelligence and critical thinking, and thus move away from the black-and-white view of the world.

  • Building lighting up to the "Zabrana" Mountain Lodge


    Youth from Foca have made admirable job! Gathered around the idea of building lighting up to the "Zabrana" Mountain Lodge, a project significant for all fellow citizens, they organized a lecture about hiking for pupils of the "Sveti Sava" Primary School and an evening hike for about a hundred fellow citizens. They had the opportunity to walk in a lighted and safe path to a favorite picnic area, which is the result of youth activism.

Latest Vacancy

Training on Health and Mobility Network Strategy Recommendations and Action Plan

As a part of the planned activities under the project, ''Scaling up Universal Access for Most at Risk Populations in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Mobile Populations'', funded by the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM), IOM has organised a three-day ‘’Training on Health and Mobility Network Strategy Recommendations and Action Plan’’, which was held on Jahorina from 8 – 10 September.


IOM Sarajevo launches report funded by the IOM Development Fund

Today in Sarajevo, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) launched the report, ‘Mapping Major Migration Flows Over the Territory of Western Balkan Countries, 2009-2013'. This report was produced by IOM with the aim of supporting Western Balkan governments in formulating adequate policies to enhance the management of increasing mixed migration flows from, through and to the Western Balkans region. The report presents findings based on a mapping of the main regular and irregular migration flows through the territory of the Western Balkans in the period 2009-2013. The report presents migration to and from WB countries for the purposes of work, education and family reunification; irregular entry and stay of extra regional migrants; international protection; return of Western Balkan citizens under Readmission Agreements; and trafficking in human beings and smuggling of migrants in the region.