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.

     

Latest Vacancy

Up to Three Quarters of Children and Youth Face Abuse, Exploitation and Trafficking on Mediterranean Migration Routes – IOM, UNICEF

New York/Brussels – Migrant and refugee children and youth trying to reach Europe face appalling levels of human rights abuses, with 77 per cent of those traveling along the Central Mediterranean route reporting direct experiences of abuse, exploitation, and practices which may amount to human trafficking – IOM, the UN Migration Agency and UNICEF said today (12/09) in a new report.

Harrowing Journeys shows that while all migrants and refugees are at high risk, children and youth on the move are far more likely to experience exploitation and trafficking than adults aged 25 years and above: nearly twice as likely on the Eastern Mediterranean route and at a rate 13 per cent higher on the Central Mediterranean route.

Aimamo, a 16-year-old unaccompanied child from the Gambia interviewed at a shelter in Italy, described being forced into months of gruelling manual labour by traffickers upon his arrival in Libya. “If you try to run, they shoot you. If you stop working, they beat you. We were just like slaves. At the end of the day, they just lock you inside.”  

The report is based on the testimonies of some 22,000 migrants and refugees, including some 11,000 children and youth, interviewed by IOM.

English

POZIV ZA UČEŠĆE: Istraživačke studije o mapiranju dijaspore Bosne i Hercegovine (BiH)

Međunarodna organizacija za migracije (IOM) BiH i Razvojni program Ujedinjenih nacija (UNDP) BiH u saradnji sa Ministarstvom za ljudska prava i izbjeglice Bosne i Hercegovine (MLJPI) i uz podršku Vlade Švajcarske trenutno sprovode projekat ‘’Dijaspora za razvoj’’. Jedna od aktivnosti ovog projekta je mapiranje dijaspore, istraživanje koje će se sprovesti u Austriji, Australiji, Danskoj, Njemačkoj, Italiji, Sloveniji, Švedskoj, Švajcarskoj, Holandiji i SAD-u, a koje će nam pomoći da dobijemo informacije o društveno - ekonomskom profilu bosanskohercegovačke dijaspore, uključujući demografske, sociološke, ekonomske i socio-kulturne podatke.
Na osnovu nalaza mapiranja dijaspore, pripremiće se niz preporuka koje će koristiti relevantni donosioci odluka i politika u BiH i zemljama odredišta kako bi se poboljšala interakcija i saradnja sa dijasporom iz BiH, razvile politike i uslovi koji će BiH dijaspori doprinos razvoju svoje zemlje učiniti privlačnim i povoljnim.

English

‘Establishment of an Early Warning Information Sharing Network along the Migration Route from Greece to Hungary and Croatia’

On 8 November 2016, the IOM Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina welcomed almost 40 guests from international organizations, local embassies, state authorities and NGOs to mark the end of the project Establishment of an Early Warning Information Sharing Network along the Migration Route from Greece to Hungary and Croatia’, funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Migration.

English

Summit on Refugees and Migrants Begins as IOM Joins the United Nations

19.09.2016

United Nations, New York - The United Nations Summit on Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants which took place on Monday in New York, provides a singular opportunity for the global community to forge a greater consensus on managing the world’s movements of migrants and refugees. IOM considers migration to be a mega-trend of the 21st Century representing unprecedented human mobility with one of every seven persons worldwide living or working somewhere other than their place of birth.

English

Promotion of the Strategy in the Area of Migration and Asylum and Action Plan for the period 2016-2020

Ministry of Security of BiH organized the promotion of the Strategy in the Area of Migration and Asylum and Action Plan for the period 2016-2020, today in Sarajevo. This strategic document defines the policy in the area of migration and asylum according to the highest international and European standards. As in other areas, Bosnia and Herzegovina wants to use the current positive trends in managing migration and asylum processes towards the European and Euro-Atlantic integration.

English