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.

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.

 

Latest News and Events

  • IOM’s Migration Response (as of March 2020)

     

    In 2018, with the support of the European Union (EU), IOM opened four new Temporary Reception Centres in Una Sana Canton, and with the support of the Council of Europe Development Bank, IOM opened one new Temporary Reception Centre in Sarajevo. In late 2019, with support of the EU and in collaboration with the German Federal Civil Protection Agency, IOM also opened an additional site in Blažuj, Sarajevo Canton.

    Sedra Temporary Reception Centre in Cazin Municipality for families and vulnerable migrants opened in July 2018

    Bira Temporary Reception Centre in the City of Bihac, primarily for single men opened in October 2018

    Miral Temporary Reception Centre in Velika Kladusa Municipality primarily for single men opened in October 2018, with IOM supporting the site management from November 2018.

    Usivak Temporary Reception Centre in Hadžići Municipality for single men, families and vulnerable migrants opened in October 2018.

    Borici Temporary Reception Centre in City of Bihac for families and vulnerable migrants re-opened in December 2018 following complete renovation.

    Blažuj Temporary Reception Centre in Sarajevo Canton, started providing provisional accommodation solutions during the winter in 2019, and will continue to scale up its capacity and to improve living conditions as reconstruction works to fully operationalize the site are still ongoing.

     

  • Jedni na druge moramo računati

     

    Da nas vrlo često vijesti čije izvore ne provjeravamo znaju odvesti u krivi smjer i stvoriti negativnu percepciju i strah od nečega, složili su se mladi koji su u sklopu jedne radionice imali zadatak na internetu pronaći jednu lažnu i jednu istinitu vijest, te je na kreativan način predstaviti jedni drugima. Ono što će mladi pamtiti s ovih susreta su svakako vježbe u kojima su opisivali sebe u ogledalu, predstavljanje ostvarenih inicijativa u svojim zajednicama, ali i kreiranje zajedničkih inicijativa koje su dan kasnije jedni drugima i prezentirali.

     

  • Saopštenje za medije - Edukacija za profesionalce- Prvi kontakt i senzibiliziran pristup usmjeren na žrtve seksualnog zlostavljanja i silovanja u ratu

     

    Samo neke od izjava učesnika tokom obuka: „Dosta sam naučila i jako sam zadovoljna“, „Što više ovakvih treninga“, „Nastaviti provoditi nove edukacije i razmjenjivanje iskustava u radu sa žrtvama nasilja“, „Izuzetno sam zadovoljna predavačem i programom rada“, „Veoma poučno“. „Naučila sam gdje se mogu javiti osobe koje žele ostvariti pravo sticanja statusa. Trening mi je bio od velike koristi „

     

  • Volonteri na ulicama

     

    Veseli i nasmijani volonteri, njih 50 spremno je odgovaralo i na pitanja oduševljenih građana, nastavnika, vršnjaka koji su nudili i novac za što uspješniju realizaciju akcije. Važnost i značaj prepoznala je i škola koja je mladima osigurala i dodatni alat kako bi što bolje i kvalitetnije realizirali volontersku akciju.

     

Latest Vacancy

Title Duty Station Closing Date
SVN 08-03/20 OPS Assistant Sarajevo 2020-03-31
SVN 09-03/20 Migrant Assistant Bihac/Velika Kladusa and/or elsewhere in USC 2020-03-31

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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IOM Representative in BiH: The goal is provide additional accommodation for migrants

 

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?

 

 

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Peter Duffy, Director of the USAID Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina, met local coordinators of IOM in Prijedor

 

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...

 

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Call for expression of interest to join IOM mobile teams to monitor migration flows in BiH

 

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 iomsjjmission@iom.int before 10 April 2018.

 

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REQUEST FOR QUOTATION (RFQ)

 

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

 
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European Antitrafficking Day

 

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 BalkansGuidelines 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.

 

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