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.
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.
In 2018, with the support of the European Union (DG ECHO and DG NEAR), IOM opened four fiveTemporary Reception Centres in Una Sana Canton and Hadzici Municipality with the support of the Council of Europe Development Bank.
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
IOM’s Migration Response (as of October 2019)
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.
|Title||Duty Station||Closing Date|
|SVN 08-01-20 Project Officer/Area Development Officer||Sarajevo||2020-01-30|
|BHRI107 - RFQ – Maoca Zipline - Poziv za dostavljanje ponuda||2020-01-31|
|CVN 01-01-20 National Expert on Migration Statistics and Data Processes (1 position)||2020-01-31|
|CANCELLED - SVN 04-11/19 Migrant Assistant||Zivinice|
|SVN 07-01-20 Project Advisor||Banja Luka||2020-01-29|
IOM is intensively dealing with the problems of irregular migration in BiH. Growing number of migrants is not only confirmed by statistics and numbers, but also by the scenes and sights on the streets and parks of Bosnia and Herzegovina, where one could see the increased presence of migrants.
Since the beginning of 2018 until 15 April, over 1000 migrants entered BiH, while in the first 3 months of this year we had 10 times more than in the same period last year.
Who are the migrants that are entering BiH? How many will actually cross the border in the coming period, while 50.000 migrants are stranded between the Greek islands and our country?
How to overcome the challenges of overburdened administration and lack of capacities when it comes to accommodation, but also human capacities?
Peter Duffy, Director of the USAID Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina, met today with a team of local coordinators of IOM in Prijedor. Within the official visit, they talked about what has been done so far in this city, the project of launching the Day Center for Children and Youth in Donja Ljubija was presented, which is in its final stage. There also discussed the projects whose implementation is under way – for extreme sports hall, construction of street workout park, and launching a unique Creative and Educational Center...
Call for expression of interest to join IOM mobile teams to monitor migration flows in BiH
IOM is looking for interested candidates for monitoring and providing regular updates on the migration flows in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the areas around Brčko, Bijeljina, Zvornik, Višegrad, Rudo, Čajniče, Foča, Bileća, Trebinje, Bosansko Grahovo, Bihać and Velika Kladuša.
Hiring is subject to availability of funds.
Interested candidates are encouraged to send their CV and cover letter to email@example.com before 10 April 2018.
REQUEST FOR QUOTATION (RFQ)
AND GENERAL INSTRUCTION TO CONTRACTORS (GIC)
Project: BHRI001 – Construction of the river walkway and outdoor gym in Gornji Rahić, Brčko District
Ref. No.: BHRI/RFQ/002
Published on: 09 March 2018
Deadline: 21 March 2018
On the occasion the European Anti-Trafficking Day, the Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina / Department for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings in cooperation with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Lara Foundation from Bijeljina, the RING Network and MFS-EMMAUS organized a press conference aiming at presenting the current situation, with the challenges to be confronted in preventing trafficking in persons, and the activities undertaken through cross-sectoral cooperation between relevant institutions and organizations in the fight against this phenomenon. The conference was held at the UN House in Sarajevo on October 18, 2018. The event was an opportunity to present the returns of the IOM’s regional project Enhancing Counter Trafficking in Crisis in the Western Balkans such as Analytical report on human trafficking in crisis situations in the Western Balkans, Guidelines for work of regional monitoring teams for combating trafficking in human beings in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Facebook page #supportformigrants and Mobile App Support for Migrants.