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

  • Opening ceremony of "Rahat Zone" in Bužim

    In order for youth to create and organize interesting content requires the will, ideas, resources and space. The youth from Radoc / Buzim showed that they had the will and ideas. Funds were granted through the project "Community Based Approach to Support Youth in Targeted Municipalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina", and they could move to the next step in their activities, and that was a needed space!

  • The second Community Dialogue in Gornji Rahići and Maoča

    With sports and cultural activities youth from Gornji Rahic and Maoca are trying to improve their status in the community. On the second "Community Dialogue" they pointed out the problems encountered, and they selected two projects to work on: "Cycling to Health" and “Youth Corner".

  • "Friendship Space" in Bužim

    By signing a contract, youth from Lubarda / Buzim are step closer do achieving the goal – the space in which they will be able to gather and conceive new ventures in order do make positive changes in the community. By arranging a room called "Friendship Space", youth will get a functional space where they will organize a series of activities such as the cycle of interviews with successful people in the community, 3D modeling, web and graphic design workshops, humanitarian actions, socializing, and similar activities. 

  • The third Community Dialogue was held in Bugojno

    Third Community Dialogue, an activity within the project "Community Based Approach to Support Youth in Targeted Municipalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina" was held in Bugojno with youth from local communities: Vrbas I, Porice, Odzak, Golo Brdo, Hum, Poljice and Rovna. With the support of IOMs' local coordinators, they identified problems in their communities, and ways for those to be solved. 

  • The project “Youth Corner” was launched in Gornja Tuzla, on the second Community Dialogue

    The project “Youth Corner” was launched in Gornja Tuzla, on the second Community Dialogue. This is a project that will provide a space for youth from Gornja Tuzla and the surrounding local communities to socialize, learn and share experiences. The space will be partly renovated and equipped to be used. 

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The Educational-Experiential Workshops Titled “Preservation of Mental Health of the Soldiers-Rescuers upon Participation in Crisis Interventions” held

During August and September 2014, within the implementation of the Project of provision of psycho-social support to the population affected by floods during May 2014, educational-experiential workshops have been held with topic “Preservation of mental health of soldiers-rescuers upon participation in crisis interventions”.


Special High Level Event Devoted to the First Observation of the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

UN Headquarters, New York, July 14, 2014

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a pleasure for me to be here today and to represent the International Organization for Migration at this important event to observe, for the first time, the World’s Day Against trafficking in persons.