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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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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