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 irregular 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.

 

During the migrant and refugee crisis in 2015 - 2016, IOM - the UN Migration Agency - together with the international community, scaled up its presence in Greece and the Western Balkans, and in particular in North Macedonia and Serbia part of the so-called Western Balkan route, to support national authorities and civil society in responding to the emergency situation, and providing direct assistance and protection to migrants, particularly those most vulnerable to violence, exploitation and abuse, or a violation of their rights.

 

Following the significant increase of migrant arrivals to Bosnia and Herzegovina in late 2017, IOM, in coordination with State, Entity, cantonal and local authorities, scaled up its operations in key migrant locations across the country through the reinforcement of IOM Mobile Protection Teams. These mobile teams have been operating since June 2017, assisting migrants in vulnerable situations, providing safe transportation, interpretation services, provision of temporary and protection-sensitive accommodation, food and other necessities.

IOM Mobile Protection Teams – strategically located to be able to cover the entire migration route, from the Eastern border with Serbia and Montenegro to the North-West border with Croatia, and the main reception centres and informal settlements – performed vulnerability screenings and referred migrants to appropriate assistance and protection service providers.

 

 

MiTA - Migration Translation Application

The Migration Translation Application (MiTA) is a smartphone application, developed by the IOM, UN Migration Agency, that allows migration management officials in the Western Balkans to access a basic interpretation service with pre-determined and pre-recorded questions during first contact with migrants.

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Latest News and Events

European Union supports the establishment of the new temporary reception centre Lipa

 

 

European Union supports the establishment of the new temporary reception centre Lipa

 

Evropska unija podržala osnivanje novog privremenog prihvatnog centra Lipa

 

 

 

Evropska unija podržala osnivanje novog privremenog prihvatnog centra Lipa

 

The Embassy of Italy in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) highlight new migration data collection and trends in the Western Balkans

 

 

The Embassy of Italy in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) highlight new migration data collection and trends in the Western Balkans

 

A coffee with...

 

 

As part of the farewell, we had a chat with Alma, about her work for IOM, the importance of teamwork, plans for the future, and lessons learned.

 

Ambassador of the Czech Republic in Bosnia and Herzegovina visits reception centre Ušivak

Ambassador of the Czech Republic in Bosnia and Herzegovina visits reception centre Ušivak

 

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Title Duty Station Closing Date
JAVNI POZIV ZA DOSTAVLJANJE PONUDA - NABAVKA I ISPORUKA VREĆA ZA SPAVANJE U EKSTREMNIM USLOVIMA 2021-11-11
PRODUŽENJE JAVNOG POZIVA ZA DOSTAVLJANJE PONUDA - Razvoj, praćenje i evaluacija informativne kampanje za projekt 'Kampanje za podizanje svijesti o rizicima od neregularnih migracija za Zapadni Balkan’ 2021-09-29
RFP - The Final Evaluation of the Project “Addressing COVID-19 Challenges within the Migrant and Refugee Response in WB” 2021-11-12
VN 48-09/21 - National Finance and Budget Officer 2021-10-17
(Produžetak) JAVNI POZIV ZA DOSTAVLJANJE PONUDA – Ažuriranje nastavnog plana i programa obuke o suzbijanju trgovine ljudima za policijske službenike u BiH i pružanje stručne podrške u uvođenju sektorske i međusektorske obuke o suzbijanju trgovine ljudima 2021-10-18
CfA 16-05/21 Monitoring and Evaluation Assistant 2021-05-11
CfA 21-06/21 - LEGAL EXPERT 2021-06-24
CfA 56-10/21 - Finance/Administrative Clerk 2021-10-22
CfA 65-11/21 - Researcher (Consultant) 2021-11-20
CfA 68-11/21 - Environmental Sustainability Expert 2021-12-06
Conducting audience testing of the pilot episode; advocate TV outlets to continue the production and broadcasting of episodes (BHRI229). 2021-05-31
Creation of joint web-portal in Kotor Varoš, Čelinac and Kneževo and provision of trainings on community journalism and web administration (BHRI251) 2021-06-02
EXTENDED - REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR SUBMISSION OF BIDS - Development, monitoring, and assessment of the information campaign for the project “Awareness Raising Campaigns on the Risks of Irregular Migration for the Western Balkan’s 4 - WBAware” 2021-11-03
Extension of Open call for Quotation – Request for Proposal for provision of technical, administrative and expert support to implementation of the Labour Migration Project pilot initiative 2021-03-15
International Consultant for the development and delivery of a Training of Trainers (ToT) program on Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) 2021-05-26
JAVNI POZIV ZA DOSTAVLJANJE PONUDA NABAVKA I ISPORUKA LIČNE ZAŠTITNE OPREME, SREDSTAVA ZA DEZINFEKCIJU I ZAŠTITNIH ODIJELA 2021-09-23
JAVNI POZIV ZA DOSTAVLJANJE PONUDA NABAVKA I ISPORUKA NEPREHRAMBENIH ARTIKALA ZA POTREBE PRIVREMENIH PRIHVATNIH CENTARA NA PODRUČJU BOSNE I HERCEGOVINE 2021-11-17
JAVNI POZIV ZA DOSTAVLJANJE PONUDA ZA IZGRADNJU JAVNE RASVJETE NA NOVIM STUBOVIMA UZ DIONICU MAGISTRALNOG PUTA, U MZ BOSANSKA BOJNA, VELIKA KLADUŠA Unsko-sanski kanton 2021-10-14
JAVNI POZIV ZA DOSTAVLJANJE PONUDA ZA IZGRADNJU MONTAŽNOG ČELIČNOG OBJEKTA ZA CENTRALNO SKLADIŠTE U NASELJU LIPA, BIHAĆ, Unsko-sanski kanton 2021-12-13
JAVNI POZIV ZA DOSTAVLJANJE PONUDA - Asfaltiranje naselja Lipa, Unsko-sanski kanton 2021-11-12

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.

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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.

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‘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.

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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.

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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.

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