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
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
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.
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.
"We’ve seen this all over the world. You can close and you can increase the border controls but you can never close the border. Because if people are very determined they will find a way through. If you look at the map and you see the borders in Bosnia Herzegovina or even the map between Greece and Albania you will see that it’s virtually impossible to close those borders. Once people are determined to use the route they will use it. Here in the Balkans there is a long tradition of smuggling. Smuggling of weapons, smuggling of drugs. Our understanding is that a lot of those gangs have diversified if I can put it in that way, and now also smuggle migrants", said Peter Van Der Auweraert, IOM Representative in BiH and Western Balkans Sub-regional Coordinator
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.
|Title||Duty Station||Closing Date|
|SVN 05-06-18 Procurement Assistant||BIHAC||2018-07-01|
|SVN 06-06-18 Procurement Assistant||SARAJEVO||2018-07-01|
|SVN 07-06-18 Project Assistant –Emergency response on migration crisis||SARAJEVO||2018-07-01|
|SVN 02-06-18 Finance/reporting and budget monitoring Assistant||SARAJEVO||2018-07-01|
|SVN 08-06-18 Project Coordinator||SARAJEVO||2018-07-01|
|SVN 03-06-18 Human Resource Assistant||SARAJEVO||2018-07-01|
|SVN 04-06-18 IT/Data Collection/Data Analyst Assistant (ECHO)||SARAJEVO||2018-07-01|
|VN 01-06-18 Reporting and Grants Officer (GO) (Bosnia and Herzegovina Resilience Initiative (BHRI))||Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina||2018-06-24|
JAPANESE GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES, IOM, ORAŠJE MUNICIPALITY AND POSAVINA CANTON ARE GOING TO OFFICIALLY OPEN THE 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.
18 December - International migrants day
Worldwide candlelight vigil to remember lost migrant lives
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This report was prepared within the framework of the project “Strengthening the Fight against Trafficking in Persons and Migrant Smuggling in the Western Balkans” Regional Project funded by the IOM Development Fund and the Government of Italy. The opinions expressed in the report are those of the authors and do not necessarily re!ect the views of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).