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

  • Strengthening Parental Skills workshops in Zvornik

    The continuation of activities within the workshop "Strengthening Parental Skills" was held in Zvornik. The workshop lasted for two days and was divided into four sessions in which the participants had the opportunity to learn about very important, but also very interesting and useful topics related to adolescence.

  • The British Embassy Sarajevo and International Organization for Migration (IOM) joint press statement on adoption of the Law on Protection of Victims of Wartime Torture in Republika Srpska

     

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    The British Embassy Sarajevo and International Organization for Migration (IOM) joint press statement on adoption of the Law on Protection of Victims of Wartime Torture in Republika Srpska

    The British Embassy Sarajevo and IOM Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina welcome the adoption of the Law on Protection of Victims of Wartime Torture by the Republika Srpska National Assembly on 21 June 2018. The adoption of the Law represents an important step forward in providing long-awaited redress for victims of wartime torture. In accordance with the Law, victims of conflict-related sexual violence will now be able to apply for the status of victim of wartime torture, and access to a set of rights. 

     

  • Approximately 180 to 200 migrants and refugees are located in the Salakovac Center near Mostar (Aljazeera)

     

    Interview with Mr Peter Van Der Auweraert, Chief of International Organization for Migration in BiH and Sub-regional Coordinator of mentioned organization for Western Balkans

     

  • Prvi dan konferencije “Dani BHAAAS-a u BiH” u znaku tehničkih i prirodnih nauka

     

    Predsjednica Bosanskohercegovačko-američke akademije umjetnosti i nauka dr. Nirvana Pištoljević, zamjenik ministrice za ljudska prava i izbjeglice BiH Predrag Jović i direktor misije USAID u BiH Peter Duffy jutros su na Jahorini zvanično otvorili 10. Dane Bosanskohercegovačko-američke akademije umjetnosti i nauka u Bosni i Hercegovini (BHAAAS) u okviru kojih će se u Hotelu Termag, za četiri dana, održati 27 simpozija, mnoštvo okruglih stolova i panel diskusija sa 375 predavača i preko 1000 učesnika iz 24 zemlje svijeta.

     

     

  • Bosnian police prevent hundreds of migrants from entering Croatia (Reuters)

     

    The head of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in the Western Balkans posted a video on Twitter showing hundreds of migrants, mostly men with rucksacks and some children, walking through the woods toward the Maljevac border crossing. “Very worrying development that risks to create backlash that is not in interest of anyone,” the IOM’s Peter Van Der Auweraert tweeted.

     

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Second Community Dialogue was held in Bužim

Second Community Dialogue, an activity within the project "Community Based Approach to Support Youth in Targeted Municipalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina", was held in Bužim. The youth from the local communities Lubarda, Vrhovska and Čava pointed the problems they are facing – the lack of space for their activities, passivity, lack of interest from local leaders and managing structures for solving problems

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Launch of "Little kindergarten" presented to the residents of local communities Gornji Rahic and Maoca and to the selected commission

Launch of "Little kindergarten" – workshop for pupils and children of preschool age, the first activity within the project "Community Based Approach to Support Youth in Targeted Municipalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina" was presented to the residents of local communities Gornji Rahic and Maoca and to the selected commission. 

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Second Community Dialogue was held with youth from Gradisce, Smajici and several other local communities in Zenica

Second Community Dialogue, an activity within the project "Community Based Approach to Support Youth in Targeted Municipalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina" was held with youth from Gradisce, Smajici and several other local communities in Zenica. With the support of IOM's local coordinators, they presented two projects to be implemented in Gradisce, and one for the local community of Smajici.

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UN Migration Agency Marks 11th EU Anti-Trafficking Day with New Data, Analysis on Human Trafficking

Counter-Trafficking Work

IOM has been working to counter trafficking in persons since 1994. In this time, we have assisted over 90,000 trafficked persons. Ensuring freedom and a chance at a new life, IOM’s assistance can include accommodation in places of safety, medical and psychosocial support, skills development and vocational training, reintegration assistance, and the options of voluntary, safe and dignified return to countries of origin, integration in the country of destination, or resettlement to third countries when needed.

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Second Community Dialogue was held with youth in Urije, and several other local communities in Prijedor

Second Community Dialogue, an activity within the project "Community Based Approach to Support Youth in Targeted Municipalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina", was held with youth in Urije, and several other local communities in Prijedor. With the support of IOM’s local coordinators, the youth identified the problems in their communities, and ways for those to be solved - and they suggested projects related to sports and ecology.These activities implemented by IOM are supported by the USAID Bosnia and Herzegovina, British Embassy Sarajevo and the Embassy of the Republic of Italy in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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FINAL REPORT OF THE CONFERENCE - Sub-regional consultative event in the Western Balkans on the Global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration (Sarajevo, 29 June 2017)

The sub-regional consultative event on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) in the Western Balkans, held in Sarajevo on 29 June 2017, built up on a series of six national informational events that presented the respective Global Compacts for Migration and for Refugees. The national events were facilitated by IOM and UNHCR, in close cooperation with the Governments in the region and other relevant stakeholders. 

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10th Symposium of Prosecutors of Bosnia and Herzegovina

The IOM BiH was participant and co-organizer of the Panel 3, as the part of the 10th Symposium of Prosecutors of Bosnia and Herzegovina where Peter Van der Auweaert, IOM Subregional Coordinator for the Western Balkans spoke on Cultural sensitive care of victims of trafficking and what IOM learned from the Western Balkans migration crisis when it comes to human trafficking.

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