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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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.
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.
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.
"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
On September 30, in the Municipality of Capljina, the fifth MoviEQ workshop was successfully completed with 11 participants. The workshop was held at the regional school in Bivolje Brdo, with the support of the School Principal, who provided the premises for this workshop.
At this workshop, the participants learned a lot about the integrative complexity, active listening, and ways to be better individuals in the community and how to see the bigger picture.
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
Youth from Gornja Tuzla, within the framework of the second “Community Dialogue”, identified few problems in their local community and made proposals of two projects to adress these problems. These are the proposed projects: finding and equipping a space that would be a corner for youth from Gornja Tuzla and reconstruction of a playground for the youngest, who currently have no place to spend their free time.
First MoviEQ workshop, activity within the framework of the project "Community Based Approaches to Support Youth in Local Communities in BIH" was held in Cazin, and 12 young people with their energy and empathy proved that Cazin is a community where there is a room for such projects.
the local IOM team from Prijedor presented the project of building a Street Workout Park in the community of Urije. Activities planned in the second "Community Dialogue" were presented to the head of the mission of IOM in BiH, Peter Van Der Auweraert, Coordinator of the project "Support to Youth in Local Communities in BiH" Mirza Omerhodžić and Grant Manager, Kristina Šešlija.
During the "Community Dialogue" in Zavidovici, three groups of youth presented their projects: "Etiquette - Manners", Promotion of the City "I Love Zavidovici" and Educational corner "Little Mermaid" to the Selection Panel. The meeting was also attended by the mayor of Zavidovici Hasim Mujanovic.
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.
During his annual report, William L. Swing highlights that IOM is the only organization whose constitution mentions displaced persons:
Socijalni radnici iz pet Centara za socijalni rad iz BiH (Ilidža, Trebinje, Bihać, Banjaluka i Bijeljina), s kolegama iz Crne Gore posjetili su Prihvatne centre i Centre za azil u Bivšoj jugoslovenskoj republici Makedoniji i Srbiji.