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.

 

Latest News and Events

  • SAOPŠTENJE ZA MEDIJE / PRESS RELEASE

     

    Evropska unija donirala pet vozila Graničnoj policiji BiH

     

    (Sarajevo, 13. decembar 2019. godine.) – U sklopu projekta Evropske unije za podršku Bosni i Hercegovini u oblasti migracija i upravljanja granicama, danas je Graničnoj policiji BiH uručeno pet novih Ford SUV vozila ukupne vrijednosti 124,000 eura.

    Ova donacija će značajno olakšati napore Granične policije BiH u svakodnevnom obavljanju posla čiji je obim povećan zbog prisustva migranata koji borave na teritoriji države.

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    EU donated five vehicles the Border Police

     

    (Sarajevo, 13th December 2019) – As part of the project of the European Union to support Bosnia and Herzegovina in the areas of ​​migration and border management, five new Ford SUVs worth 124,000 euros have today been handed over to the Border Police of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

    This donation will support the efforts of the BiH Border Police in their day-to-day operations due to the increased presence of migrants in the country.

     

     

  • Regional support to protection-sensitive migration management in the Western Balkan and Turkey

     

    REGIONAL SUPPORT TO PROTECTION-SENSITIVE MIGRATION MANAGEMENT IN THE WESTERN BALKAN AND TURKEY

     

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

     

    IOM’s Migration Response (as of October 2019)

  • Zajednička izjava / Joint Statement

     

    UN u BiH apelira na vlasti u Unsko-sanskom kantonu da ne ograničavaju slobodu kretanja migranata, tražilaca azila i izbjeglica i od državnih vlasti da odmah odrede novu adekvatnu lokaciju za prihvat i smještaj migranata

     

    14. novembra 2019. godine

    Operativna grupa za koordiniranje aktivnosti i nadzora nad migracijskom situacijom na području Unsko-sanskog kantonaje 13. novembra 2019. godine  donijela zaključke o uvođenju blokade dva prihvatna centra: Bira u Bihaću i Miral u Velikoj Kladuši.

    Ovim mjerama, migrantima, tražiocima azila i izbjeglicama, uključujući djecu bez pratnje,zabraniti će se ulazak i izlazak iz ta dva centra, osim u slučaju pokušaja prelaska hrvatske granice.

    The United Nations in BiH urges authorities in Una Sana Canton not to restrict the freedom of movement of migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees and for State authorities to immediately identify a viable new location for migrant reception and accommodation

     

    14 November 2019

    On 13 November 2019, the Operational Group for Resolving the Migration Crisis in Una Sana Canton took the decision to introduce a lockdown of the reception centres Bira in Bihać and Miral in Velika Kladuša.

    Such measures will prohibit migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees, including unaccompanied children from entering or leaving the two centres, unless doing so to attempt crossing the border into Croatia.

     

  • 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”

     

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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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Local sourcing yields advantages for IOM Bosnia and Herzegovina and the local community and economy

Today, the IOM Chief of Mission, Peter Van der Auweraert, took delivery of the first office furniture to accommodate the new colleagues who will join IOM Bosnia and Herzegovina in December in the frame of the new USAID/OTI funded project on the prevention of violent extremism. In a second phase, also existing office furniture will be replaced.

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Norwegian Embassy in Sarajevo support work of IOM in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Ambassador of Norwegian Embassy in Sarajevo, H.E. Guri Rusten, and the Chief of IOM Mission Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mr. Peter Van der Auweraert, signed the agreement for the project “Strengthening Institutional Capacities for Referral Mechanisms for the Prevention of Violent Extremism” on 15 November 2017.

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Workshop “Strengthening parenting skills" held in Sarajevo

Twenty fathers, participants of the project "Community Based Approach to Support Youth in Targeted Municipalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina" from Prijedor, Bužima, Bugojno Jablanica, Foca and Gornji Rahića/Maoče, last weekend participated at the workshop “Strengthening parenting skills", which is focused on the development of self-confidence in children and youth, educational styles, communication with children and youth, non-violent conflict resolution, adolescence. 

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Coordination Meeting of Heads of Border Police in Budva, Montenegro

On the 31st of October, 2017, IOM facilitated a Coordination Meeting of Heads of Border Police in Budva, Montenegro. This one-day meeting is one in a series of regular coordination meetings between Border Police Directorates in the Western Balkans supported by IOM, in which representatives present and exchange updated information related to the migration situation in each respective country in order to enhance coordination on shared migration challenges in the region. 

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Signed contract between IOM and two informal groups of youth in Buzim as continuation of the project "Community Based Approach to Support Youth in Targeted Municipalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina"

Months of work and effort of youth from Buzim was made official by signing of the contract between IOM and two informal groups of youth who worked on the preparation of the idea to build a street workout park and workshop rooms for youth called "Rahat zona" in the local community Radoc. These activities are a continuation of the project "Community Based Approach to Support Youth in Targeted Municipalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina", implemented by IOM and supported by the USAID Bosnia and Herzegovina, British Embassy Sarajevo and the Embassy of the Republic of Italy in Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

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