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

  • Creative workshops organised for children in Daily Center "Šljokica" in Donja Ljubija (Prijedor)

     

    During these workshop, children participated in different activities, from table tennis to planting the fruits, and in the last workshop they have prepared for the New Year's show, what represents special satisfaction.

     

  • Community dialogue held in Bugojno

     

    One group presented the idea “Little coding school” through which the participants will gain basic knowledge of programing and meet the new IT technologies, second group presented the idea “A month for the big screen”, restart of the cinema in Bugojno, while the third group presented the idea of reconstruction of kid’s playground in community Kolonije.

     

  • "Let's get to know each other" - project proposal resulted from Community Dialogue

     

    There are several phases for young people to go through that aim to get to know each other, and they are consisted of road trips that are going to be entertaining and educational, creative workshops, and ensuring space for the exchange socially helpful things between young people who have similar or the same interests on a local community level.

     

  • International Organization for Migration (IOM) supports the improvement of the legal framework for the war-time survivors of sexual violence in BiH

     

    Around 50 representatives of relevant stakeholders from these cantons (Centres for Social Work, Centre for Mental Health, municipal bodies and Survivors' Associations) get acquainted with the impediments within the implementation of the legal framework at the FBiH level. In order to harmonize the procedures with the instructions given by the Commission providing the expert opinion, the round table discussion between the FBiH Commission and relevant stakeholders is a helpful platform for knowledge and experience exchange in working with a special category.

     

  • The seventh MoviEQ workshop held in Zenica

     

    This time too, participants didn't hide their enthusiasm with the approach, purpose and the way of conducting this workshop that aims to improve active listening, change the participants' perceptions of the world and media, as well as their relationship toward themselves and others.

     

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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.

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IOM Director General’s Message on International Women's Day 2015

By William Lacy Swing

More women are on the move than ever before. They represent approximately half of the world’s one billion migrants and are approximately half of the estimated 51 million displaced persons.

On this year’s International Women’s Day, IOM calls on the international community to ensure the empowerment of migrant and displaced women through the full realization of their human rights.

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