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

  • IOM Team in Bužim Receives a Certificate of Acknowledgement from the Municipal Council in Bužim

     

    IOM’s team of Local Coordinators in Bužim was recognized for all the extraordinary efforts and work in their local community, within the project “Community Based Approach to Support Youth in Targeted Municipalities”. During the official ceremony marking the Days of Municipality, the Municipal Council Bužim awarded a Certificate of Acknowledgement to IOM’s team in Bužim for their contributions to the development of the local community through the implementation of projects of significance for the Municipality of Bužim and its citizens, and in particular the engagement of marginalized youth in Bužim and their motivation to participate in the social life of the community.

     

  • The contract on the implementation of the project "Youth Corner" was signed by a group of youth from Gornja Tuzla and IOM representatives

    The contract on the implementation of the project "Youth Corner" was signed yesterday by a group of youth from Gornja Tuzla and IOM representatives. This is a project that the youth proposed on the first module of Community Dialogue, and it is about equipping and renovation of one room in the "Social House" Gornja Tuzla, which will later be used as a place for exchange of experiences, workshops, and as a place to socialize. 

  • The first module of the second Community Dialogue was held in Krizevici/Zvornik

    The first module of the second Community Dialogue was held yesterday in Krizevici/Zvornik. Youth from this community, as well as other local communities, had the opportunity to discuss problems and potential solutions. They decided to vote on three project ideas: "Youth Association", "Youth Area" and "Excursion / Street Workout Park". 

  • The fourth Module of the workshop "Strengthening Parental Skills" for participants from Zenica

    The fourth Module of the workshop "Strengthening Parental Skills" for participants from Zenica, which discussed the mapping of actors who are fighting against radicalism and violent extremism in the local community, such as government and NGOs, religious institutions, mental health centers and social work centers, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and other institutions, was held on Vlasic last weekend.

  • The third MoviEQ Workshop, held in Bileca from 15 to 18 February

    At the third MoviEQ Workshop, held in Bileca from 15 to 18 February, 17 young people through socializing, play, presentation, thinking and learning expanded their views of the world and raised their integrative complexity to a higher level. 

Latest Vacancy

Title Duty Station Closing Date
National Consultant for assisting the development and finalization of the Diaspora Strategy - 3 positions Sarajevo (Lot 1), Banja Luka (Lot 2), Brcko (Lot 3) 2018-02-26
International Consultant: Diaspora Strategy Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina 2018-02-26
Project Advisor - extended by 22 February 2018 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina 2018-02-22
Area Development Officer (ADO) - extended by 22 February 2018 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina 2018-02-22

Global Migration Film Festival and International Migrants Day Celebration in Bosnia and Herzegovina

 

Global Migration Film Festival and International Migrants Day Celebration in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Cinema and Migration. It’s a magical bond that began over a century ago when filmmakers, many of whom were immigrants themselves, began making movies about a world on the move. Their films brought the dramatic, poignant and comic stories of migrants to diverse audiences, through a language of images and emotions that were meaningful to every culture.

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Implemented the first grant in Jablanica within the Project "Community Based Approaches to Support Youth in Targeted Communities in BiH"

Young activists from Jablanica finalized the project of setting up the lighting pillars and reflectors on the playground Deponija, in the community of Ostrožac, and a match between young people from the local community and representatives of the Municipality of Jablanica was held on that occasion.

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First module of the workshop for parents organised in Tuzla within the "Community Based Approach to Support Youth in Targeted Municipalities in BiH" Project

First module of the workshop for parents within the framework of the project "Community Based Approach to Support Youth in Targeted Municipalities in BiH" was held in Tuzla. The goal of the workshop is to strengthen the local community and to encourage young people to become active members of society, for which parents' support is needed; 16 parents pointed their readiness and desire to transfer all that they have learned in their daily lives.

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Local sourcing yields advantages for IOM Bosnia and Herzegovina and the local community and economy

Today, the IOM Chief of Mission, Peter Van der Auweraert, took delivery of the first office furniture to accommodate the new colleagues who will join IOM Bosnia and Herzegovina in December in the frame of the new USAID/OTI funded project on the prevention of violent extremism. In a second phase, also existing office furniture will be replaced.

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Norwegian Embassy in Sarajevo support work of IOM in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Ambassador of Norwegian Embassy in Sarajevo, H.E. Guri Rusten, and the Chief of IOM Mission Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mr. Peter Van der Auweraert, signed the agreement for the project “Strengthening Institutional Capacities for Referral Mechanisms for the Prevention of Violent Extremism” on 15 November 2017.

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