The first module of the second Community Dialogue was held in Capljina. Youth from local communities Bivolje Brdo, Domanovici and Oplicici pointed to the problems they are facing. After discussing potential solutions, it was decided that two projects would be implemented in the coming period, one is "Procurement of equipment for cultural and artistic society", and the other "Procurement of sports equipment for pupils from 1st to 5th grade".
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.
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Two youth groups from Foca and representatives of the IOM last Friday signed contracts on the implementation of the projects "To hear us louder" and "Sport and reconstruction of a youth outings spot for greater youth activism"
Two youth groups from Foca and representatives of the IOM last Friday signed contracts on the implementation of the projects "To hear us louder" and "Sport and reconstruction of a youth outings spot for greater youth activism", nominated at the third "Community Dialogue". The importance of these projects has been recognized and it shows the fact that the local community will participate in their implementation with 50% of the funds.
Contracts on the construction of a children's playground as well as the furnishing of the room for staying, learning and quality time for youth from the area of the Glogosnica (Jablanica) and surrounding places, were signed by representatives of youth and IOM representatives. These projects were proposed by youth, and excellent cooperation was realized with "Suljo Cilic" Primary School, Jablanica Municipality, Community Council, NGOs and Youth Club "Under the same sun".
The fourth MoviEQ workshop for youth from the local communities of Gornji Rahic and Maoca was ended with the award of the Cambridge University Certificate on completed education. The youth had the opportunity to learn more about active listening and thinking, and the workshop marked a lot of positive energy and the desire of youth to raise their integrative complexity to a higher level with newly acquired vows.
Eight young people from Capljina, participants of the third MoviEQ (4 - 7 March) workshop, received Cambridge University certificates on successfully completion of trainig, which was organized within the project "Community Based Approach to Support Youth in Targeted Municipalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina"! Through participation in the workshop, they had the opportunity to develop their emotional intelligence and critical thinking, and thus move away from the black-and-white view of the world.
Youth from Foca have made admirable job! Gathered around the idea of building lighting up to the "Zabrana" Mountain Lodge, a project significant for all fellow citizens, they organized a lecture about hiking for pupils of the "Sveti Sava" Primary School and an evening hike for about a hundred fellow citizens. They had the opportunity to walk in a lighted and safe path to a favorite picnic area, which is the result of youth activism.
That parents are important link in any society showed the "The parents’ body" in Zenica, which ended the 3rd module of the training "Strengthening parenting skills". This time they learned about the adolescent period, and how best to act in a crisis situation.
The contracts on the implementation of the projects "Construction of multipurpose sports grounds in Jezerine" and "Arranging area around monumental medieval tombstones and arranging promenade near lake" were signed yesterday by the representatives of two youth groups from Foca and representatives of IOM.
"Little Kindergarten" in Gornji Rahic and Maoca started working this weekend! Parents from Gornji Rahic on Saturdays, and from Maoca on Sundays can bring their children in Kindergarten to play with the young volunteers from these communities.
During the courtesy visit and working meeting with Semiha Borovac, Minister of Human Rights and Refugees, Peter Van Der Auweraert, IOM Chief of Mission in BiH spoke about the necessity to have as many BiH institutions on board with the goal to issue adequate response to the migrant crisis and influx of migrants to the country, which is becoming larger.
It was emphasized that the priority now is to secure additional accommodation and protection for migrants, especially when it comes to most vulnerable population, like families, unaccompanied minors, marginalized groups.. Van der Auweraert also said that in order to receive international aid, it is necessary for Bosnia and Herzegovina to adopt clear plan of action when it comes to increased migrant influx. Such plan is being drafted and we are expecting a discussion at the BiH Council of Ministers about the mentioned topic.
The third Community Dialogue, held in Buzim, brought together youth from local communities Varoska Rijeka and Konjodor. Situation of youth assessed as ungrateful and they mentioned problems such as lack of support, free time contents, opportunities for youth and the problems of traffic safety.
The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) steps up its response to the ongoing arrivals of migrants and refugees in Bosnia and Herzegovina
27th December 2017, SARAJEVO – During the past days Bosnia and Herzegovina has faced increased influx of irregular migrants that are arriving to its eastern border with Montenegro. The latest arrivals originate mostly from North Africa, through Greece, Albania, on through Montenegro to Trebinje. They arrive in small groups composed predominantly of single adult men. From 01st January to 26 December 2017, the BiH Border police detained a total of 735 irregular migrants, which compare to total figures for 2016 of less than 100 irregular migrants. This represents a significant increase and has put the capacity of the relevant authorities and national aid agencies such as the Red Cross under strain. In response, IOM, in line with its mandate as the UN Migration Agency, has stepped up its efforts to assist them, in collaboration with other UN agencies.
How can teachers and schools contribute to the prevention of violent extremism?
Today IOM is organizing the first meeting with representatives from the Education authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina together and colleagues from the City of Helsinki, Finland, discussing how innovative approaches to learning and critical thinking can be introduced in schools.
Within INL funded regional project: "Strengthening Cross-Border Cooperation along the Western Balkan Route (CROBOWEB)", IOM has organized two sets workshop