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.

Download here: Android   iOS

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

 

Latest Vacancy

Title Duty Station Closing Date
SVN 04-02/21 Grants Assistant 2021-03-08
SVN 05-03/21 Procurement Assistant 2021-03-11
REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL - Creation of website for CCYF and provision of trainings on digital marketing and web editing (BHRI240) 2021-03-15
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
Open call for Quotation – Request for Proposal for provision of technical, administrative and expert support to implementation of the Labour Migration Project pilot initiative 2021-03-19
JAVNI POZIV ZA DOSTAVLJANJE PONUDA – NABAVKA I ISPORUKA VOZILA ZA POTREBE DRŽAVNE AGENCIJE ZA SPROVOĐENJE ZAKONA 2021-03-25
JAVNI POZIV ZA DOSTAVLJANJE PONUDA – NABAVKA I ISPORUKA SLUŽBENIH PLOVILA ZA PLITKI GAZ ZA POTREBE DRŽAVNE AGENCIJE ZA SPROVOĐENJE ZAKONA 2021-03-25
JAVNI POZIV ZA DOSTAVLJANJE PONUDA – NABAVKA I ISPORUKA OPREME ZA NOĆNO I DNEVNO OSMATRANJE ZA POTREBE DRŽAVNE AGENCIJE ZA SPROVOĐENJE ZAKONA 2021-03-29
PRODUZENJE JAVNOG POZIVA ZA DOSTAVLJANJE PONUDA – NABAVKA I ISPORUKA VOZILA ZA POTREBE DRZAVNE AGENCIJE ZA SPROVODJENJE ZAKONA 2021-03-30
SVN 06-03/2021 IT Assistant 2021-04-12
Production of five short documentary films about the stećAR mapping and exhibitions (BHRI228) 2021-04-12
SVN 08-03/21 Project Advisor (2 positions) 2021-04-13
PRODUZENJE JAVNOG POZIVA ZA DOSTAVLJANJE PONUDA – NABAVKA I ISPORUKA CISTERNE ZA PREVOZ PITKE VODE 2021-04-14
REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL - Development and implementation of the promotional strategy for six exhibitions (BHRI228) 2021-04-19
JAVNI POZIV ZA DOSTAVLJANJE PONUDA – EKSTERNA I INTERNA OGRADA SA KAPIJAMA ZA NASELJE LIPA 2021-04-19
REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL - Develop and implement media campaign (BHRI254) 2021-04-29
JAVNI POZIV ZA DOSTAVLJANJE PONUDA – NABAVKA I ISPORUKA NEPREHRAMBENIH I HIGIJENSKIH ARTIKALA ZA POTREBE PRIVREMENIH PRIHVATNIH CENTARA NA PODRUCJU BOSNE I HERCEGOVINE 2021-04-30
CfA 16-05/21 Monitoring and Evaluation Assistant 2021-05-11
JAVNI POZIV ZA DOSTAVLJANJE PONUDA – Nabavka, isporuka i montaža stražarskih montažnih kućica na području naselja Lipa, Unsko-sanski kanton 2021-05-14
JAVNI POZIV ZA DOSTAVLJANJE PONUDA – Popravak i reparacija devastiranih kancelarijskih i sanitarnih kontejnera na području naselja Lipa, Unsko-sanski kanton 2021-05-17

Second “Community Dialogue” held in Gornja Tuzla

Youth from Gornja Tuzla, within the framework of the second “Community Dialogue”, identified few problems in their local community and made proposals of two projects to adress these problems. These are the proposed projects: finding and equipping a space that would be a corner for youth from Gornja Tuzla and reconstruction of a playground for the youngest, who currently have no place to spend their free time.

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The local IOM team from Prijedor presented the project of building a Street Workout Park in the community of Urije

the local IOM team from Prijedor presented the project of building a Street Workout Park in the community of Urije. Activities planned in the second "Community Dialogue" were presented to the head of the mission of IOM in BiH, Peter Van Der Auweraert, Coordinator of the project "Support to Youth in Local Communities in BiH" Mirza Omerhodžić and Grant Manager, Kristina Šešlija.

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Global Migration Film Festival and International Migrants Day Celebration in Bosnia and Herzegovina

 

Global Migration Film Festival and International Migrants Day Celebration in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Cinema and Migration. It’s a magical bond that began over a century ago when filmmakers, many of whom were immigrants themselves, began making movies about a world on the move. Their films brought the dramatic, poignant and comic stories of migrants to diverse audiences, through a language of images and emotions that were meaningful to every culture.

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Implemented the first grant in Jablanica within the Project "Community Based Approaches to Support Youth in Targeted Communities in BiH"

Young activists from Jablanica finalized the project of setting up the lighting pillars and reflectors on the playground Deponija, in the community of Ostrožac, and a match between young people from the local community and representatives of the Municipality of Jablanica was held on that occasion.

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First module of the workshop for parents organised in Tuzla within the "Community Based Approach to Support Youth in Targeted Municipalities in BiH" Project

First module of the workshop for parents within the framework of the project "Community Based Approach to Support Youth in Targeted Municipalities in BiH" was held in Tuzla. The goal of the workshop is to strengthen the local community and to encourage young people to become active members of society, for which parents' support is needed; 16 parents pointed their readiness and desire to transfer all that they have learned in their daily lives.

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