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

  • Fourth module of a workshop "Strengthening Parental Skills"


    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.


  • Migrants in Bosnia risk all to complete ‘the game’ before winter bites (The Irish Times)


    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.


  • Opening ceremony in Bužim


    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.


  • "Sports games" in Cazin


    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.


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Opening ceremony - Centre for children and persons with special needs in Orašje


On 11.12.2015., Orašje - H.E. Kazuya OGAWA, ambassador of Japan in BiH, Mr. Nobumitsu KAMIO, the first secretary at the Japanese Embassy in BiH, Mr. Harry SMITH, IOM representative, Mr. Đuro TOPIĆ Mayor of Orašje and Mr. Marijan KLAIĆ, Prime Minister of Posavina Canton are going to officially open the newly constructed Centre in Orašje.