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

  • Youth from the local communities of Cirkin Polje and Cejreci (Prijedor) participated at the third Community Dialogue


    Youth from the local communities of Cirkin Polje and Cejreci (Prijedor) at the third "Community Dialogue" spoke about problems such as lack of cultural content, traffic signs and playgrounds in the places where they live. They also presented several ideas of how this to be solved, so in the future they will work on the preparation of project proposals!


  • Peter Duffy, Director of the USAID Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina, met local coordinators of IOM in Prijedor


    Peter Duffy, Director of the USAID Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina, met today with a team of local coordinators of IOM in Prijedor. Within the official visit, they talked about what has been done so far in this city, the project of launching the Day Center for Children and Youth in Donja Ljubija was presented, which is in its final stage. There also discussed the projects whose implementation is under way – for extreme sports hall, construction of street workout park, and launching a unique Creative and Educational Center...


  • Signed a contract on the implementation of the project "Let's play together - young people" in Capljina


    Informal group of youth from the local community Bivolje Brdo (Capljina) and IOM representatives signed a contract on the implementation of the project "Let's play together - young people". It is about buying folk costumes for the "Kolo Dubravsko" Cultural-Art Society.


  • Completion of the project "Recreation is our Motivation" in Zenica


    Completion of the project "Recreation is our Motivation" was officially announced on April 15th in a small football tournament in the Municipality of Gradisce (Zenica). In this project, youth had the opportunity to be directly involved in the work of the local community, to contribute to the beautiful changes and to fulfill everyday life with positive things.



  • Grant activities in the local community Brod na Drini (Foca)


    Basketball tournament, last activity within the "Joint Sports Project", was held on April 17 in the local community Brod na Drini (Foca). A lot of volunteers helped organize the event, local businessmen provided refreshment for all participants, and pupils of the Veselin Maslesa Primary School attended the tournament.


Latest Vacancy

The Educational-Experiential Workshops Titled “Preservation of Mental Health of the Soldiers-Rescuers upon Participation in Crisis Interventions” held

During August and September 2014, within the implementation of the Project of provision of psycho-social support to the population affected by floods during May 2014, educational-experiential workshops have been held with topic “Preservation of mental health of soldiers-rescuers upon participation in crisis interventions”.


Special High Level Event Devoted to the First Observation of the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

UN Headquarters, New York, July 14, 2014

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a pleasure for me to be here today and to represent the International Organization for Migration at this important event to observe, for the first time, the World’s Day Against trafficking in persons.