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

  • Novi smještaj za migrante u Sarajevu, u Bihaću alarmantno (N1)

     

    Kasarna Ušivak u Hadžićima trebalo bi da krajem sedmice primi prve migrante. Radovi u kompleksu se privode kraju. Kapacitet prostora je predviđen za 400 migranata. Do prijema prvih migranata, sudeći prema situaciji na terenu, broje se sati. Kontejner za smještaj migranata prilagođen je za boravak porodica, a cijeli kompleks ima 66 kontejnera koji mogu primiti 400 stotine migranata. Kontejneri za samce, sa nešto više kreveta - ključevi u bravi, spremni za preuzimanje. Grijanje, struja i ono što je za migrante uglavnom najvažnije - internet veza. Sanitarni kontjeri, na svom mjestu, sa tuševima, mokrim čvorovima i svim što je potreno za ličnu higijenu. U ovom kompleksu bit će tri obroka dnevno, ali i izolovan prostor za eventualno oboljele migrante.

    "Migranti će imati i medicinsku zaštitu, a bit će tu objekat kuhinje, koji će opsluživati "Pomozi.ba", a bit će tu i razne društvene aktivnosti za migrante tokom dana. Zbog čega je potrajalo otvaranje? Najviše zbog građevinskih radova, nemogućnosti da dobijemo na uvid katastar podzemne strukture, tako da smo sve morali nanovo", istakao je Dražan Rozić, projekt-koordinator IOM-a.

     

  • Project "Parents for Parents" initiated in Bugojno community

     

    An informal group of parents from Bugojno started with the implementation of the project "Parents for Parents". This group of parents from Bugojno started their joint journey at the first Module of education for parents held in Bugojno. After the completion of four Modules, the idea was the the group of parents who completed this kind of education would also help other parents from the municipality of Bugojno.

     

  • 'Solidarity, understanding, humanity' welcome refugees in Bosnia (Aljazeera)

     

    "I have seen that Bosnia and Herzegovina citizens, whether they are poor, middle-class, rich, whether they are Serbs, Croats or Bosniak - the overwhelming majority responded with solidarity, understanding and humanity."

    PETER VAN DER AUWERAERT, WESTERN BALKANS COORDINATOR FOR THE IOM

     

  • iDiaspora platform launched today

     

    On Monday 8 October on the opening day of the International Dialogue on Migration iDiaspora platform is launched officially. The launch took place in Geneva from 13:15 to 14:45 while a satellite event was hosted in Cairo.

    iDiaspora is a global engagement and knowledge exchange hub for diaspora communities and those looking to engage with them. It provides comprehensive, regularly updated data and analysis relevant to diaspora communities, policy makers, NGO actors, and showcases successful diaspora actions and partnerships.

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PRESS STATEMENT - Massive Data Gaps Leave Refugee, Migrant and Displaced Children in Danger and Without Access to Basic Services

PRESS STATEMENT

Sarajevo, 15 February 2018

 

Massive Data Gaps Leave Refugee, Migrant and Displaced Children in Danger and Without Access to Basic Services

An estimated 28 million children were living in forced displacement in 2016, but the true figure is likely much higher

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The fourth MoviEQ workshop held in Tuzla

At the fourth MoviEQ workshop in Tuzla, 20 young people have the opportunity to learn through the presentation, learning, playing and thinking that the world is not black and white, but that it is full of colors. The four-day workshop began yesterday (Thursday, January 25th) and participants will have the opportunity to extend their view on life and raise their integrative complexity to a higher level.

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Two informal youth groups and IOM representatives signed contracts on implementation of two projects

Two informal youth groups and IOM representatives signed contracts on implementation of projects "Promotion of the City - I Love Zavidovici" and Educational Corner "Little Mermaid" on Wednesday (January 24th). The signing was attended by the Mayor of Zavidovici Hasim Mujanovic, representatives of the media, schools and NGOs.

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The first module of the second Community Dialogue was held in Capljina

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". 

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Contract signed by the representatives of two youth groups from Foca and representatives of IOM ("Community Based Approach to Support Youth in Targeted Municipalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina")

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. 

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Meeting with Semiha Borovac, Minister of Human Rights and Refugees

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.

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