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.
The meeting started with a virtual introduction given by Mr Sacha Chan Kam, Senior Regional Migrant Protection and Assistance Specialist. The welcoming remarks by Mr Peter Van der Auweraert, Sub Regional Coordinator WB and Chief of Mission BIH followed. Then there was an overview of AVRR from the Western Balkans given by Mrs Donatella Bradic, Migration Management Team Leader followed by an open discussion. Event outlined the main opportunities and challenges in the future such as:
|Title||Duty Station||Closing Date|
|SVN 24-07/20 Monitoring and Evaluation Assistant (two positions)||Sarajevo and Banja Luka||2020-08-04|
|JAVNI POZIV ZA DOSTAVLJANJE PONUDA – IZGRADNJA JAVNE RASVJETE U NASELJU VELEČEVO/DUBOČANI, KLJUČ||2020-08-12|
|SVN 26-07/20 AVRR Field Operations Team Leader||Sarajevo||2020-08-14|
|CfA 27-07/20 Labour Migration Project, Researcher on Drivers of emigration of Health and Information and Communication (ICT) professionals from Bosnia and Herzegovina (National)||Sarajevo||2020-08-16|
|CfA 28-07/20 Labour Migration Project, Researcher on Impact of emigration of Health and Information and Communication (ICT) professionals from Bosnia and Herzegovina (National)||Sarajevo||2020-08-16|
|CfA 29-07/20 Labour Migration Project, Researcher on Scale of emigration of Health and Information and Communication (ICT) professionals from Bosnia and Herzegovina (National)||Sarajevo||2020-08-16|
|VN 32-07/20 Project Coordinator/Senior Project Assistant||Sarajevo||2020-08-17|
|Poziv za dostavljanje ponuda - Izgradnja i instalacija spomenika “Klupa mira” u Banjoj Luci||2020-08-20|
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.
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.
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.
The world is witnessing the highest level of human suffering since the Second World War. This is why, for the first time in the 70-year history of the United Nations, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has convened the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul on 23 -24 May.
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.