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

  • The first module of the "Strengthening Parental Skills" workshop held in Zvornik

     

    The first module of the "Strengthening Parental Skills" workshop in Zvornik (May 18th and 19th) gathered parents of different professions, and they had the opportunity to socialize, educate, exchange experiences... The goal of the workshop is to strengthen the local community through education and encouraging workshop participants to transfer the acquired knowledge to other parents in the community.

     

  • Two-day workshop "Media Literacy" held in Zvornik

     

    What are the media, their impact on the creation of social reality, the analysis of media content, regulation and self-regulation, are just some of the terms that youth had the opportunity to learn at a two-day workshop "Media Literacy" held in Zvornik.

     

  • First module of the "Strengthening Parental Skills" workshop held in Tuzla

     

    First module of the "Strengthening Parental Skills" workshop in Tuzla was held last weekend. The goal of the workshop, involving 13 parents, is to empower the local community and encourage youth to become active members of society and the local community for which parents' support is needed.

     

  • Projects "Cycling to Health" and "Youth Corner" will be implemented by youth from Gornji Rahic and Maoca

     

    Projects "Cycling to Health" and "Youth Corner" will be implemented by youth from Gornji Rahic and Maoca, and contracts on their implementation have been signed with representatives of the IOM. These projects are the result of a previously held "Community Dialogue". At the same time, another "Community Dialogue" was held, where youth presented a series of proposals for solving problems in their communities, and in the following period they will work on project ideas, namely "

     

  • Buses with 270 migrants allowed to pass in Bosnia amid chaos

     

    A convoy of buses with 270 migrants, including children that were stuck in central Bosnia, was allowed to pass after several hours of political bickering on Friday — reflecting the chaotic situation in the war-scarred Balkan country as it struggles to cope with the influx.

    Authorities were transporting the migrants from Sarajevo, the capital, toward a center for asylum-seekers near the southwestern town of Mostar, but regional authorities there didn’t allow them in. They said they weren’t informed about the arrival of the convoy, something that was denied by the country’s interior minister.

     

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Coordination Meeting on the Prevention and Combatting Violent Extremism (P/CVE) in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Coordination Meeting on the Prevention and Combatting Violent Extremism (P/CVE) in Bosnia and Herzegovina was held yesterday, at the UN House, and organized by the Ministry of Security of BiH, with support from the IOM Mission in Sarajevo.

With opening remarks delivered by the BiH Minister, Mr. Dragan Mektić, the meeting took place within the framework of the BiH Strategy for Preventing and Combatting Violent Extremism 2015-2020, and it was chaired by the P/CVE National Coordinator for BiH, Mr. Samir Rizvo.

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Representatives of non-governmental organizations from the Western Balkans region attended a two-day meeting on 19th and 20th of September 2017 in Budva on Cultural Sensitive Care of Victims of Trafficking in Mixed Migration Flows

Representatives of non-governmental organizations from the Western Balkans region attended a two-day meeting on 19th and 20th of September 2017 in Budva on Cultural Sensitive Care of Victims of Trafficking in Mixed Migration Flows. During the meeting, good practices were presented and exchanged experience in this field. IOM organized this activity in the scope of the project "Enhancing Counter Trafficking in Crisis in the Western Balkans", supported by U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (J/TIP).

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Local IOM team from Novi Grad Sarajevo organized and held a MoviEQ Workshop in the primary school "Behaudin Selmanović" within the framework of the project "Community Based Approaches to Support Youth in Local Communities"

Local IOM team from Novi Grad Sarajevo organized and held a MoviEQ Workshop in the primary school "Behaudin Selmanović" within the framework of the project "Community Based Approaches to Support Youth in Local Communities". Through this unique workshop, participants had the opportunity to build their emotional intelligence, widen their horizons, and learn new skills to help their future community engagement and/or employment. Participants who fullfiled all the requirements and regularly attended the sessions were awarded a Cambridge University certificate.

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