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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SVN 31-07/21 - Senior Project Assistant/Data Analyst (DTM) Sarajevo 2021-08-26
JAVNI POZIV ZA DOSTAVLJANJE PONUDA - NABAVKA, TRANSPORT I UGRADNJA ELEMENATA DJEČIJEG IGRALIŠTA U VRNOGRAČU, VEL. KLADUŠA, USK 2021-10-18
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JAVNI POZIV ZA DOSTAVLJANJE PONUDA - Nabavka, doprema i montaža stambenih i sanitarnih kontejnera na podrucju Unsko-sanskog kantona 2021-11-15
REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL - Creation of website for CCYF and provision of trainings on digital marketing and web editing (BHRI240) 2021-03-15
PRODUŽENJE JAVNOG POZIVA ZA DOSTAVLJANJE PONUDA - REKONSTRUKCIJA KROVA I SANACIJA ŠTETE NAKON POŽARA – HANGAR PPC UŠIVAK, Hadžići 2021-09-13
SVN 11-05-21- Project Assistant-Social Cohesion and Rule of Law Programme 2021-05-21
CfA 21-06/21 - LEGAL EXPERT 2021-06-24
PRODUŽENJE JAVNOG POZIV ZA DOSTAVLJANJE PONUDA Razvoj, praćenje i evaluacija informativne kampanje za projekt 'Kampanje za podizanje svijesti o rizicima od neregularnih migracija za Zapadni Balkan’ 2021-11-03
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REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR SUBMISSION OF BIDS - Final External Summative Evaluation of the Project: “Prevention of Violent Extremism through Local Voices and Initiatives in the Western Balkans” 2021-10-10
JAVNI POZIV ZA DOSTAVLJANJE PONUDA – Konstrukcija skladišta u privremenom prihvatnom centru Ušivak, Hadžići 2021-06-03
CfA 56-10/21 - Finance/Administrative Clerk 2021-10-22
PRODUŽENJE JAVNOG POZIVA ZA DOSTAVLJANJE PONUDA – NABAVKA I ISPORUKA UREĐAJA ZA MJERENJE BRZINE ZA POTREBE DRŽAVNE AGENCIJE ZA SPROVOĐENJE ZAKONA 2021-08-18
SVN 57-10/21 - Senior Project Assistant/Coordinator, multiple positions (extended) 2021-11-04
SVN 06-03/2021 IT Assistant 2021-04-12
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
SVN 52-10/21 - Communication Coordinator 2021-10-18

Saopštenje za medije - Primopredaja vrijedne opreme za provjeru dokumenata Graničnoj policiji BiH / Press release - Switzerland donated valuable equipment for document authenticity verification to the BiH Border Police

 

Sve veći izazov za Graničnu policiju BiH predstavlja otkrivanje krivotvorenih ličnih dokumenata i lažnih identiteta. Donirana specijalistička oprema će doprinijeti borbi protiv različitih oblika krivotvorenja i zloupotrebe dokumenata, efikasnije zaštite državne granice i povećanju opće sigurnosti. Donaciju je Draganu Kuliću, pomoćniku direktora za organizaciju i operacije Granične policije predala zamjenica direktorice za saradnju u Ambasadi Švicarske u BiH Chantal Felder. Primopredaji je prisustvovao i Peter Van der Auweraert, šef misije IOM-a u BiH.

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An increasing challenge for the BiH Border Police is the detection of forged personal documents and false identities. The donated specialized equipment will contribute to the fight against the various forms of misuse and forgery of documents, more efficient state border protection and increase of security in general. Deputy Director of Cooperation at the Embassy of Switzerland in BiH, Chantal Felder handed over the donation to Dragan Kulić, Assistant Director of the Border Police BiH. The handover was also attended by Peter Van der Auweraert, Head of the IOM Mission in BiH.

 

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AVRR Bulletin - December 2020 (ASSISTED VOLUNTARY RETURN AND REINTEGRATION PROGRAMME (AVRR) IN WESTERN BALKANS)

 

AS THE LEADING INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION IN THE AREA OF MIGRATIONS, IOM ACTS WITH PARTNERS IN THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO:

- Assist in meeting the growing operational challenges of migration

- Advance understanding of migration issues

- Encourage social and economic development through migration

- Uphold the human dignity and well-being of migrants

 

AVRR PROGRAM WORLDWIDE

In 2018, AVRR support was provided to 63.316 migrants returning from 128 host or transit countries to 169 countries or territories of origin. In 2019, a total of 64.958 migrants from 136 host countries
returned to 164 countries or territories of origin.

 

 

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AVRR Bilten - Decembar 2020 (PROGRAM DOBROVOLJNOG POVRATKA I REINTEGRACIJE MIGRANATA (AVRR) NA ZAPADNOM BALKANU)

 

KAO VODEĆA MEĐUNARODNA ORGANIZACIJA, IOM DJELUJE S PARTNERIMA U MEĐUNARODNOJ ZAJEDNICI DA:

- pomogne u odgovoru na rastuće operativne izazove u upravljanju migracijama,

- poboljša razumijevanje migracijskih pitanja,

- potiče socijalni i ekonomski razvoj kroz migracije,

- podržava ljudsko dostojanstvo i dobrobit migranata.

 

AVRR PROGRAM U SVIJETU

U 2018. godini, kroz AVRR pružena je podrška za 63.316 migranata koji su se vratili iz 128 država domaćina ili tranzita u 169 zemalja ili teritorija porijekla. U 2019. godini ukupno je vraćeno 64.958 migranata iz 136 država domaćina u 164 zemlje.

 

 

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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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Signed a EUR 1 million grant agreement for the opening of a reception center in Hadzici, Sarajevo

 

The response to the migrant situation in BiH is being stepped up as the CEB Vice Governor and IOM Chief of Mission signed a EUR 1 million grant agreement for the opening of a reception center in Hadzici, Sarajevo. CEB Vice Governor, Rosa-Maria Sanchez Yebra, visited the center, which will host up to 400 persons.

 

 

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