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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JAVNI POZIV ZA DOSTAVLJANJE PONUDA - NABAVKA I ISPORUKA VREĆA ZA SPAVANJE U EKSTREMNIM USLOVIMA 2021-11-11
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
RFP - The Final Evaluation of the Project “Addressing COVID-19 Challenges within the Migrant and Refugee Response in WB” 2021-11-12
VN 48-09/21 - National Finance and Budget Officer 2021-10-17
(Produžetak) JAVNI POZIV ZA DOSTAVLJANJE PONUDA – Ažuriranje nastavnog plana i programa obuke o suzbijanju trgovine ljudima za policijske službenike u BiH i pružanje stručne podrške u uvođenju sektorske i međusektorske obuke o suzbijanju trgovine ljudima 2021-10-18
CfA 16-05/21 Monitoring and Evaluation Assistant 2021-05-11
CfA 21-06/21 - LEGAL EXPERT 2021-06-24
CfA 56-10/21 - Finance/Administrative Clerk 2021-10-22
CfA 65-11/21 - Researcher (Consultant) 2021-11-20
CfA 68-11/21 - Environmental Sustainability Expert 2021-12-06
Conducting audience testing of the pilot episode; advocate TV outlets to continue the production and broadcasting of episodes (BHRI229). 2021-05-31
Creation of joint web-portal in Kotor Varoš, Čelinac and Kneževo and provision of trainings on community journalism and web administration (BHRI251) 2021-06-02
EXTENDED - REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR SUBMISSION OF BIDS - Development, monitoring, and assessment of the information campaign for the project “Awareness Raising Campaigns on the Risks of Irregular Migration for the Western Balkan’s 4 - WBAware” 2021-11-03
Extension of Open call for Quotation – Request for Proposal for provision of technical, administrative and expert support to implementation of the Labour Migration Project pilot initiative 2021-03-15
International Consultant for the development and delivery of a Training of Trainers (ToT) program on Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) 2021-05-26
JAVNI POZIV ZA DOSTAVLJANJE PONUDA NABAVKA I ISPORUKA LIČNE ZAŠTITNE OPREME, SREDSTAVA ZA DEZINFEKCIJU I ZAŠTITNIH ODIJELA 2021-09-23
JAVNI POZIV ZA DOSTAVLJANJE PONUDA NABAVKA I ISPORUKA NEPREHRAMBENIH ARTIKALA ZA POTREBE PRIVREMENIH PRIHVATNIH CENTARA NA PODRUČJU BOSNE I HERCEGOVINE 2021-11-17
JAVNI POZIV ZA DOSTAVLJANJE PONUDA ZA IZGRADNJU JAVNE RASVJETE NA NOVIM STUBOVIMA UZ DIONICU MAGISTRALNOG PUTA, U MZ BOSANSKA BOJNA, VELIKA KLADUŠA Unsko-sanski kanton 2021-10-14
JAVNI POZIV ZA DOSTAVLJANJE PONUDA ZA IZGRADNJU MONTAŽNOG ČELIČNOG OBJEKTA ZA CENTRALNO SKLADIŠTE U NASELJU LIPA, BIHAĆ, Unsko-sanski kanton 2021-12-13
JAVNI POZIV ZA DOSTAVLJANJE PONUDA - Asfaltiranje naselja Lipa, Unsko-sanski kanton 2021-11-12

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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