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.

 

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  • Call for expression of interest for all interested media agencies specialized in digital/social media marketing

     

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    IOM INFO CAMPAIGN WITHIN THE PROJECT “ASISTED VOLUNTARY RETURN AND REINTEGRATION (AVRR) OF MIGRANTS IN THE WESTERN BALKANS”

     

  • IOM’s Migration Response (as of September 2019)

     

    In 2018, with the support of the European Union (DG ECHO and DG NEAR), IOM opened four new Temporary Reception Centres in Una Sana Canton with the support of the Council of Europe Development Bank, IOM opened one new Temporary Reception Centre in Hadzici Municipality:

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

    Usivak Temporary Reception Centre in Hadzici Municipality primarily for single men, but also for families and vulnerable migrants opened in October 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.

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

     

  • Zajednička izjava / Joint Statement

     

    Zajednička izjava povodom izvještaja o trenutnom prebacivanju migranata i izbjeglica, među njima i maloljetnika, na područje Vučjaka. UN u BiH snažno apeluje na vlasti da rade na pronalasku alternativnog smještaja

     

    17. oktobar 2019.

    Prema izvještavanju medija, 14. oktobra, nakon odluke Ministarstva unutrašnjih poslova Unsko-sanskog kantona,  nekoliko stotina migranata koji su boravili na javnim površinama u Bihaću su prisilno premješteni u Vučjak. Pored toga, objavljeno je da je lokalna policija pješice provela grupu od gotovo hiljadu ljudi na Vučjak.

    UN ponovo izražava veliku zabrinutost povodom trenutnog prebacivanja migranata i tražitelja azila na područje Vučjaka. Veliki sigurnosni i zdravstveni rizici na Vučjaku i dalje postoje, te lokacija nije u skladu sa međunarodnim humanitarnim standardima pa stoga nije adekvatna za smještanje ljudi. Ovi nedostaci su već istaknuti u zajedničkoj izjavi tima UN-a (14. juna 2019.) koja je data nakon odluke Gradskog vijeća grada Bihaća da se dislociraju migranti, uključujući i tražitelje azila, koji borave van prihvatnih centara na područje Vučjaka.          

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    Joint Statement on reports of on-going Relocation of Migrants and Refugees including minors to the Vucjak site. The UN in BiH strongly urges the authorities to act swiftly on alternate accommodation space

     

    17 October 2019

    According to media reports, on 14 October, after decision of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Una-Sana Canton, hundreds of migrants residing in public areas in Bihac were forcibly transferred to Vucjak. In addition, it has been reported that a group of around 1,000 people were escorted to Vucjak on foot by the local police.

    The UN reiterates its grave concern over the on-going relocation of migrants, including asylum seekers, to the Vucjak site. Significant safety and health risks at Vucjak remain; and the location falls well short of international humanitarian standards.  It is thus unsuitable for the purpose of accommodating people.  These inadequacies were already highlighted in the UNCT Joint Statement dated 14 June 2019, which followed the decision of the Municipal Council of Bihac to relocate migrants, including asylum seekers, staying outside reception centers to the Vucjak site.

     

  • SAOPŠTENJE ZA MEDIJE / PRESS RELEASE

     

    (Sarajevo, 11. oktobar 2019. godine) - U sklopu projekta koji finansira Evropska unija “EU podrška upravljanju migracijama i granicom u BiH”, Peter Van der Auweraert, koordinator za Zapadni Balkan i šef misije IOM-a u Bosni i Hercegovini, uručio je Ministarstvu unutrašnjih poslova Unsko-sanskog kantona ključeve tri nova policijska kombija u vrijednosti od preko 160.000 konvertibilnih maraka.

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    (Sarajevo, 11th October 2019) – Within the EU funded project 'EU Support to Migration and Border Management in BiH' Peter Van Der Auweraert, IOM Coordinator for the Western Balkans and Head of Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina, handed over keys of three new police vans worth over BAM 160,000 to the Ministry of the Interior of the Una Sana Canton.

     

  • SAOPŠTENJE ZA MEDIJE / PRESS RELEASE

     

    Još jedna vrijedna donacija Evropske unije za MUP Unsko-sanskog kantona

    (Sarajevo, 02. oktobar 2019. godine) - U sklopu projekta koji finansira Evropska unija, Međunarodna organizacija za migracije (IOM) je danas uručila pripadnicima Ministarstva unutrašnjih poslova Unsko-sanskog kantona još jednu vrijednu donaciju u vidu opreme koja će biti od značaja u svakodnevnom obavljanju posla u zaštiti građana i migranata koji trenutno borave u kantonu.

     

     

    Another valuable donation from the European Union to the Ministry of Interior of Una-Sana Canton

    (Sarajevo, 1st October 2019) – Within the project 'EU Support to Migration and Border Management in BiH' the International Organization for Migration (IOM) donated equipment to the Ministry of Interior of Una-Sana Canton (USC) which will contribute to their day to day work in protecting the citizens and the migrants currently residing in the Canton.

     

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An interactive web portal for BiH Emigration was officially presented to the public

An interactive web portal for BiH Emigration (www.dijaspora.mhrr.gov.ba) created under the "Diaspora for Development" (D4D) project was officially presented to the public.

The Diaspora for Development (D4D) is a project of the Government of Switzerland and the Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees of BiH in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in BiH.

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IOM Team in Bužim Receives a Certificate of Acknowledgement from the Municipal Council in Bužim

 

IOM’s team of Local Coordinators in Bužim was recognized for all the extraordinary efforts and work in their local community, within the project “Community Based Approach to Support Youth in Targeted Municipalities”. During the official ceremony marking the Days of Municipality, the Municipal Council Bužim awarded a Certificate of Acknowledgement to IOM’s team in Bužim for their contributions to the development of the local community through the implementation of projects of significance for the Municipality of Bužim and its citizens, and in particular the engagement of marginalized youth in Bužim and their motivation to participate in the social life of the community.

 

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The second module of the second Community Dialogue was held in Zavidovici

The second module of the second Community Dialogue was held yesterday (February 12th) in Zavidovici. Youth in this module, which is part of the project "Community Based Approach to Support Youth in Targeted Municipalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina", presented two projects - Arrangement of basket courts "Partizan" and Adaptation of the town hall in Vozuca. 

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Creating and Finalizing Ethical Standards for the Protection of Mental Health and Psycho-social Assistance in Bosnia and Herzegovina Armed Forces

As part of the project "Building the Capacity of the Bosnia and Herzegovina institutions to Address and Respond to Mental Health Issues Among Defense Personnel – PREVENTIVA" implemented by IOM since 2015, on 7th and 8th February, a round table was organized on the topic "Creating and Finalizing Ethical Standards for the Protection of Mental Health and Psycho-social Assistance in Bosnia and Herzegovina Armed Forces", where relevant representatives of the Ministry of Defense and the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina, worked on finalizing a document that is of great importance for the unhindered work of military psychologists within the AF system.

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The first module of the third Community Dialogue was held in Foca

The first module of the third "Community Dialogue" was held yesterday in Foca, and youth pointed the problems encountered! After discussing potential solutions it was decided that in the coming period they would prepare project proposals: "Arranging a picnic area for youth", "Procurement of music equipment and sound systems for various events". 

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PRESS STATEMENT - Massive Data Gaps Leave Refugee, Migrant and Displaced Children in Danger and Without Access to Basic Services

PRESS STATEMENT

Sarajevo, 15 February 2018

 

Massive Data Gaps Leave Refugee, Migrant and Displaced Children in Danger and Without Access to Basic Services

An estimated 28 million children were living in forced displacement in 2016, but the true figure is likely much higher

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The fourth MoviEQ workshop held in Tuzla

At the fourth MoviEQ workshop in Tuzla, 20 young people have the opportunity to learn through the presentation, learning, playing and thinking that the world is not black and white, but that it is full of colors. The four-day workshop began yesterday (Thursday, January 25th) and participants will have the opportunity to extend their view on life and raise their integrative complexity to a higher level.

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Two informal youth groups and IOM representatives signed contracts on implementation of two projects

Two informal youth groups and IOM representatives signed contracts on implementation of projects "Promotion of the City - I Love Zavidovici" and Educational Corner "Little Mermaid" on Wednesday (January 24th). The signing was attended by the Mayor of Zavidovici Hasim Mujanovic, representatives of the media, schools and NGOs.

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