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 Zavidovići had an opportunity to learn the basics of project writing

     

    Through practical examples, the trainer tried to explain basic elements needed for project writing, bringing terms and elements necessary for making project framework closer to participants, including SWOT analysis (analysis helping the making of the strategy) and smart methodology. Participants had also a chance to get familiar with basic and necessary project activities that make a project justified and useful. 

     

     

  • "Shoulder to shoulder - we create more"

     

    The project is conceived as a series of activities from renovation of school yard, sports activities, workshops with students to joint trips.

     

     

  • "The role of free time in prevention of risky behavior of children and youth"

     

    The participants of this workshop came to a conclusion that free time activities, sport and other associations and activities that they offer, are a good recipe for solving the problems listed above, with the emphasis on the activities that are offered in their local community. The participants said this was very useful for them, and they are ready and motivated to, not only help their children to use their free time the best, but to motivate their children to create ways, venues and opportunities for adequate use of free time.

     

  • Informal youth groups from Prijedor presented five project ideas to the Selection Board

     

    Dialogue was also attended by parents, members of youth council, media and other guests. After the groups presented their ideas, the Board made project pre-selection and provided further guidance and suggestions on what to do in the next couple of days and how to improve their projects. The final selection is scheduled for Friday 9th November 2018, which is set as deadline for the youth to correct all deficiencies in the application.

     

  • IOM organised workshop on the improvement of procedures for achieving the status of a special category of civilian victims of war

     

    In the scope of the UN joint project “Seeking Care, Support and Justice for Survivors of Conflict Sexual Violence”, in cooperation with Ministry of labour and social policies, IOM has organized a workshop on the improvement of procedures for achieving the status of a special category of civilian victims of war. 

    Members of Commission providing the expert opinion on status of the survivors of sexual violence moderated the workshop, and around 50 representatives from relevant institutions in Sarajevo Canton are informed on impediments to the implementation of the FBiH level legal framework. During the workshop, FBiH Commission and listed stakeholders (Centres for Social Work, Mental Health Centre, municipal bodies and survivor’s associations ) exchanged their knowledge in order to harmonize procedures with the provided instructions by the Commission. 

     

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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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Japan Backs Reconstruction, Disaster Preparedness Projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Following catastrophic floods in May 2014, the Government of Japan yesterday (23/2) committed 6.2 million Bosnian Marks (USD 700,000) for two one-year projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). IOM will implement the BM 1.2 million Repair and Reconstruction of Centres for Disabled Children in Bosnia and Herzegovina project, which will repair and reconstruct five centres for children with disabilities, which were seriously damaged in the May 2014 floods.

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