IOM in Bosnia and Herzegovina (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.
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.
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Voluntary actions will follow educations, and through the project young people will improve the city library, the green area in front of the library and several youth organizations that are hubs for large number of children and youth. Next to green area they will place first smart bench in Jablanica with a message that young people want to work and create better conditions for life in Jablanica.
With this project, they want to provide sports equipment for several sports societies and primary schools in Bužim, and then to crown it with the football game and final ceremony for youth of Bužim.
The closing ceremony of the project "Parents for Parents" was held in the premises of Youth Center Bugojno
The “Parent for Parents” project has been implemented by an informal group of parents from Bugojno for the past few months, with the aim of improving communication and understanding between parents, young people and key stakeholders of the local community, and contributing to reducing the number of violent behaviors and conflicts between parent generations and young people.
Workshop participants are satisfied with the opportunity given to them and believe that they will use the knowledge they have acquired in their children's upbringing and working with young people from the community.
Most participants argued that they would benefit from the acquired knowledge of active listening the most, that the content of the workshop greatly influenced the improvement of communication skills and that it will surely help them to see things in a different way.
Social Media Advisory for the
2016 PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival
Call for Entries
Description: Call for Entries for the 2016 PLURAL+ International Youth Video Festival on migration, celebrating diversity and social inclusion. Youth up to 25 of age are invited to submit short videos maximum five minutes in length. Deadline for entries is 29 May 2015. Between now and that date, IOM missions should actively promote the competition through any networks possible, including social media.
SARAJEVO, March 16 (ONASA)
Deputy Chief of Mission of Japan to BiH Kazumasa Miyzaki will attend today the handover of the reconstruction project of primary school "April 19th" Derventa, the Embassy of Japan in BiH announced
The handover will be held at the school premises, at 11.00 hours, in the presence of Mayor of Derventa Milorad Simić and Director of the School Elvira Miljić.
Geneva, 19 February 2016
Joint UNHCR, UNICEF, IOM Press Release