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.
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
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.
On the 2nd module of the 1st "Community Dialogue" two ideas were presented to the project committee in East Sarajevo / Local Community Vojkovici, which youth prepared and would like to implement in the context of the project "Community Based Approach to Support Youth in Targeted Municipalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina".
Youth from Capljina at the second MoviEQ workshop, held from January 25 to 28, through socializing, presenting, learning and thinking, realized that the world is not what it is like in the media.
The first module of the second Community Dialogue was held in Capljina. Youth from local communities Bivolje Brdo, Domanovici and Oplicici pointed to the problems they are facing. After discussing potential solutions, it was decided that two projects would be implemented in the coming period, one is "Procurement of equipment for cultural and artistic society", and the other "Procurement of sports equipment for pupils from 1st to 5th grade".
That parents are important link in any society showed the "The parents’ body" in Zenica, which ended the 3rd module of the training "Strengthening parenting skills". This time they learned about the adolescent period, and how best to act in a crisis situation.
The contracts on the implementation of the projects "Construction of multipurpose sports grounds in Jezerine" and "Arranging area around monumental medieval tombstones and arranging promenade near lake" were signed yesterday by the representatives of two youth groups from Foca and representatives of IOM.
"Little Kindergarten" in Gornji Rahic and Maoca started working this weekend! Parents from Gornji Rahic on Saturdays, and from Maoca on Sundays can bring their children in Kindergarten to play with the young volunteers from these communities.
During the courtesy visit and working meeting with Semiha Borovac, Minister of Human Rights and Refugees, Peter Van Der Auweraert, IOM Chief of Mission in BiH spoke about the necessity to have as many BiH institutions on board with the goal to issue adequate response to the migrant crisis and influx of migrants to the country, which is becoming larger.
It was emphasized that the priority now is to secure additional accommodation and protection for migrants, especially when it comes to most vulnerable population, like families, unaccompanied minors, marginalized groups.. Van der Auweraert also said that in order to receive international aid, it is necessary for Bosnia and Herzegovina to adopt clear plan of action when it comes to increased migrant influx. Such plan is being drafted and we are expecting a discussion at the BiH Council of Ministers about the mentioned topic.
The third Community Dialogue, held in Buzim, brought together youth from local communities Varoska Rijeka and Konjodor. Situation of youth assessed as ungrateful and they mentioned problems such as lack of support, free time contents, opportunities for youth and the problems of traffic safety.