IOM in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH)

BiH

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

  • SAOPŠTENJE ZA MEDIJE / PRESS RELEASE

     

    Evropska unija donirala pet vozila Graničnoj policiji BiH

     

    (Sarajevo, 13. decembar 2019. godine.) – U sklopu projekta Evropske unije za podršku Bosni i Hercegovini u oblasti migracija i upravljanja granicama, danas je Graničnoj policiji BiH uručeno pet novih Ford SUV vozila ukupne vrijednosti 124,000 eura.

    Ova donacija će značajno olakšati napore Granične policije BiH u svakodnevnom obavljanju posla čiji je obim povećan zbog prisustva migranata koji borave na teritoriji države.

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    EU donated five vehicles the Border Police

     

    (Sarajevo, 13th December 2019) – As part of the project of the European Union to support Bosnia and Herzegovina in the areas of ​​migration and border management, five new Ford SUVs worth 124,000 euros have today been handed over to the Border Police of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

    This donation will support the efforts of the BiH Border Police in their day-to-day operations due to the increased presence of migrants in the country.

     

     

  • Regional support to protection-sensitive migration management in the Western Balkan and Turkey

     

    REGIONAL SUPPORT TO PROTECTION-SENSITIVE MIGRATION MANAGEMENT IN THE WESTERN BALKAN AND TURKEY

     

  • IOM’s Migration Response (as of October 2019)

     

    IOM’s Migration Response (as of October 2019)

  • Zajednička izjava / Joint Statement

     

    UN u BiH apelira na vlasti u Unsko-sanskom kantonu da ne ograničavaju slobodu kretanja migranata, tražilaca azila i izbjeglica i od državnih vlasti da odmah odrede novu adekvatnu lokaciju za prihvat i smještaj migranata

     

    14. novembra 2019. godine

    Operativna grupa za koordiniranje aktivnosti i nadzora nad migracijskom situacijom na području Unsko-sanskog kantonaje 13. novembra 2019. godine  donijela zaključke o uvođenju blokade dva prihvatna centra: Bira u Bihaću i Miral u Velikoj Kladuši.

    Ovim mjerama, migrantima, tražiocima azila i izbjeglicama, uključujući djecu bez pratnje,zabraniti će se ulazak i izlazak iz ta dva centra, osim u slučaju pokušaja prelaska hrvatske granice.

    The United Nations in BiH urges authorities in Una Sana Canton not to restrict the freedom of movement of migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees and for State authorities to immediately identify a viable new location for migrant reception and accommodation

     

    14 November 2019

    On 13 November 2019, the Operational Group for Resolving the Migration Crisis in Una Sana Canton took the decision to introduce a lockdown of the reception centres Bira in Bihać and Miral in Velika Kladuša.

    Such measures will prohibit migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees, including unaccompanied children from entering or leaving the two centres, unless doing so to attempt crossing the border into Croatia.

     

  • Call for expression of interest for all interested media agencies specialized in digital/social media marketing

     

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    IOM INFO CAMPAIGN WITHIN THE PROJECT “ASISTED VOLUNTARY RETURN AND REINTEGRATION (AVRR) OF MIGRANTS IN THE WESTERN BALKANS”

     

Latest Vacancy

VACANCY For a senior migration advisor in the Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina EU’s Pre-Accession Assistance Project (IPA 2019)

 

Senior Advisor for Migration management

Number of employees: 1

Status: consultancy contract

Length of contract: the temporary post is foreseen for a period of 12 months starting from October 2019 with a possibility of prolongation, if needed.

The senior advisor will reinforce the office of the Ministry of Security (MoS) by providing guidance and advice to the MoS and the relevant implementing Agencies in managing increased migration flows.

Deadline for applications: 23 September 2019

 

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Financial overview of the response to the migrant situation in Una-Sana Canton with the support from the European Union

 

International Organization for Migration (IOM) - the UN Migration Agency would like to use this opportunity to express our gratitude for the support and cooperation that the official institutions in Una-Sana Canton have provided to the IOM over the past period in response to the large influx of migrants. Without this support as well as the support of the local community, which have been crucial, the situation would have been much more complex and the humanitarian response to migrants whould not have been put under control in such a short period of time.

The Operational Headquarters of the Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina for managing the migrant situation has appointed IOM as a leading organization that will prioritize its activities in establishing the Temporary Reception Centers for migrants in the Una-Sana Canton.

 

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Finansijski pregled za odgovor na migrantsku situaciju u Unsko-sanskom kantonu, uz podršku Evropske unije

 

Međunarodna organizacija za migracije (IOM)- UN Agencija za migracije ovim putem izražava zahvalnost na podršci i saradnji koju su zvanične institucije u Unsko-sanskom kantonu pružile IOM-u tokom proteklog perioda kao odgovor na veliki priliv migranata. Naime, bez ove podrške kao i podrške lokalne zajednice koje su od neprocjenljivog značaja, situacija bi bila mnogo kompleksnija i humanitarni odgovor migrantima ne bismo mogli da stavimo pod kontrolu u ovako kratkom periodu.

Operativni štab Ministarstva sigurnosti Bosne i Hercegovine za upravljanje migrantskom situacijom imenovao je IOM kao vodeću organizaciju koja će prioritizirati svoje aktivnosti na uspostavljanju privremenih prihvatnih centara za migrante u Unsko- sanskom kantonu.

Obzirom da je odgovor na masovni priliv migranata bila jedna od prioritetnih mjera donijetih od strane Ministarstva sigurnosti Bosne i Hercegovine u februaru 2018.g., a sa ciljem spriječavanja velikih humanitarnih i sigurnosnih problema, EU je obezbijedila sredstva u ukupnom iznosu od 9,2 miliona € koje je dodjelila IOM-u, UNHCR-u I UNICEF-u.

 

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IOM Responds to Security Incident in Humanitarian Hub “Miral”, Velika Kladusa, as seen in Video Footage

 

The Miral video footage that was shared on social media appears to show that private security guards did not deal with the incident at hand in a sufficiently restrained way and in line with the instructions and trainings provided to them by IOM and United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS). In response, IOM has alerted the local police and asked them to start an investigation about what occurred preceding, during and after the video footage, and take action as required. With immediate effect, IOM has allocated additional migrant protection staff in Miral and accommodation center Bira in Bihac to work alongside private security guards to further ensure that security and safety is maintained with the full respect of human rights and dignity of all.

 

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1 million BAM from the UK Government in support of local communities in Una-Sana Canton hosting migrants and refugees

 

The project will support local authorities’ efforts to ensure improved delivery of public goods and services, both to migrants and the local population in Una-Sana Canton. The project will also support the reparation and revitalization of public spaces, such as the Bihac City Park and the Partisan Memorial Cemetery in Borici.

 

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Bosnia struggles to cope with arrival of thousands of migrants

 

15 May, 2018

SARAJEVO/BIHAC (Reuters) - Bosnia is struggling to cope with the arrival of thousands of migrants and refugees, many of whom are sleeping in parks in the capital and other towns as they seek passage into western Europe. The country’s asylum center has 200 beds and 80 to 150 people have arrived each day this month, Security Minister Dragan Mektic said on Monday. About 4,000 people from Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Algeria and Afghanistan have entered Bosnia this year compared with 755 in 2017 and up to 1,500 are stuck there. Many have faced perilous journeys.

“I was sent back from Croatia six times,” said Omar from Iraq, who arrived in Bosnia with his younger brother after spending two years in Greece. Omar declined to give his last name. “I must get to Germany because all my family is there,” said the 19-year-old, echoing many others who spoke in the empty old building in Bihac near the Croatian border where he stayed.

 

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Bosnia Struggles With Thousands Of Migrants On New Route To Western Europe

 

16 May, 2018

 

Bosnia-Herzegovina is struggling to cope with an influx of thousands of migrants mostly from the Middle East trying to reach Western Europe that authorities and aid groups warn could develop into a crisis.

Bosnia's governing council met on May 15 to consider measures to deal with the thousands of migrants who have turned to the small Balkan country in recent months, trying to avoid more heavily guarded routes and borders in the Balkans. About 4,000 people from Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Algeria, and Afghanistan have entered Bosnia so far this year compared with 755 in 2017, migrant aid groups say. Most are seeking to cross the border into EU-member Croatia, and then move on toward Western Europe, but about 1,500 have remained in the country after being blocked from entering the European Union.

 

 

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Rights Official Urges Bosnia to Do More for Migrants

 

By The Associated Press
May 15, 2018

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — Bosnia must do more to help migrants, a European human rights official said Tuesday as the war-scarred country struggles to cope with a growing influx of people trying to reach Western Europe through the Balkans.

Dunja Mijatovic, the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights, expressed concern in a letter to Bosnian authorities over "lack of systematic response" to the situation, with migrants sleeping outdoors in Bosnia's streets and parks. "I am concerned to learn that many refugees and migrants, including families with children, sleep rough on the streets and have irregular access to food," Mijatovic wrote. "This situation cannot continue in this way."

 

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