The third MoviEQ workshop was held from February 22 to 25 in Zavidovici. With presentations, socializing and learning, youth are spreading views of life that is not black and white, but full of colors - and nine of them have received certificates.
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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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:
- To streamline return process and reinforce links with Countries of Origin
- To further embed the AVRR approach within beneficiaries' administrative structures
- To further exchange approaches to return and reintegration with other regions experiencing mixed migration flows
- To reinforce the reintegration spectrum both at individual and community level
- To strengthen return management ensuring AVRR is available – making return increasingly a choice
- Migrants set to and continue to be willing to embark on their journey to the EU
- Finding the balance between Reintegration Assistance in the EU and Reintegration Assistance back in Countries of Origin
- Keep up and maintaining-innovating the communication medium
Youth from the local communities of Sokolje and Zabrdje (Novi Grad Sarajevo) participated in the third MoviEQ workshop and through interesting content they had opportunity to acquire new skills of emotional intelligence and increase their level of integrative complexity, more complex view of the world. Throughout a four-day workshop, youth applied the techniques of active listening and conflict resolution, made video clips about conflicting sides, and to see the responsibility of the media in highlighting differences among various groups. The workshop ended thirteen participants and they received Cambridge University certificates.
A group of youth from Capljina presented to the Project Committee their idea "Sewing Bosnian national costumes" for their young fellow citizens, members of the local Cultural and Artistic Society and those who will join the Society.
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.
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.
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.
The 3rd module of the workshop for parents in Gornji Rahic and Maoca was held last weekend. Snow and cold weather did not stop parents to attend a workshop, and their participation contribute to the local community as well as better prosperity of the youth.
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.
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".
Sarajevo, 15 February 2018
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