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.

 

 

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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Prvi dijalog mladih i institucija vlasti u Bosanskom Petrovcu: Želimo unaprijediti položaj mladih

 

 

Prvi dijalog mladih i institucija vlasti u Bosanskom Petrovcu: Želimo unaprijediti položaj mladih

 

First dialogue between youth and local government institutions in Bosanski Petrovac: exploring the issues facing young people

 

 

First dialogue between youth and local government institutions in Bosanski Petrovac: exploring the issues facing young people

 

Bihać and Velika Kladuša health care facilities receive five containers for COVID-19 screening, donated by the European Union and IOM

 

 

Bihać and Velika Kladuša health care facilities receive five containers for COVID-19 screening, donated by the European Union and IOM

 

EU i IOM donirali 5 kontejnera za potrebe zdravstvenih ustanova u Bihaću i Velikoj Kladuši, u borbi protiv pandemije COVID-19

 

 

EU i IOM donirali 5 kontejnera za potrebe zdravstvenih ustanova u Bihaću i Velikoj Kladuši, u borbi protiv pandemije COVID-19

 

European Union supports the mobility and protection of BIH Border police and SIPA

 

European Union supports the mobility and protection of BIH Border police and SIPA

 

Latest Vacancy

Title Duty Station Closing Date
Vacancy Announcement open to internal and external candidates - Migration Response Coordinator 2021-09-27
JAVNI POZIV ZA DOSTAVLJANJE PONUDA NABAVKA I ISPORUKA LIČNE ZAŠTITNE OPREME, SREDSTAVA ZA DEZINFEKCIJU I ZAŠTITNIH ODIJELA 2021-09-23
Vacancy Announcement open to internal and external candidates - Migrant Protection Assistant – Mobile Teams 2021-09-26
JAVNI POZIV ZA DOSTAVLJANJE PONUDA - Gradjevinski radovi uredjenja prostora platoa radi postavljanja stambenih i sanitarnih kontejnera u PPC Borici, Unsko-sanski kanton 2021-09-21
PRODUŽENJE JAVNOG POZIVA ZA DOSTAVLJANJE PONUDA - Završna eksterna sveobuhvatna evaluacija za projekt 'Prevencija nasilnog ekstremizma putem lokalnih glasova i inicijativa na Zapadnom Balkanu' 2021-09-10
PRODUŽENJE JAVNOG POZIVA ZA DOSTAVLJANJE PONUDA - REKONSTRUKCIJA KROVA I SANACIJA ŠTETE NAKON POŽARA – HANGAR PPC UŠIVAK, Hadžići 2021-09-13
JAVNI POZIV ZA DOSTAVLJANJE PONUDA - Nabavka i isporuka diesel agregata/generatora 600kW, Unsko-sanski kanton 2021-09-23
JAVNI POZIV ZA DOSTAVLJANJE PONUDA - Medijska kampanja za projekat 'Kampanje za podizanje svijesti o rizicima od neregularnih migracija za Zapadni Balkan’ 2021-09-17
JAVNI POZIV ZA DOSTAVLJANJE PONUDA - Razvoj, praćenje i evaluacija informativne kampanje za projekt 'Kampanje za podizanje svijesti o rizicima od neregularnih migracija za Zapadni Balkan’ 2021-09-17
JAVNI POZIV ZA DOSTAVLJANJE PONUDA - Završna eksterna sveobuhvatna evaluacija za projekt 'Prevencija nasilnog ekstremizma putem lokalnih glasova i inicijativa na Zapadnom Balkanu' 2021-09-06
JAVNI POZIV ZA DOSTAVLJANJE PONUDA - Nabavka i isporuka setova posteljina (plahta/jastučnica/navlaka), deka, jastuka i jorgana, Lipa -Unsko-sanski kanton 2021-09-02
JAVNI POZIV ZA DOSTAVLJANJE PONUDA - REKONSTRUKCIJA KROVA I SANACIJA ŠTETE NAKON POŽARA – HANGAR PPC UŠIVAK, Hadžići 2021-09-03
JAVNI POZIV ZA DOSTAVLJANJE PONUDA – NABAVKA I ISPORUKA RUČNIH TERMO-VIZIJSKIH KAMERA 2021-08-27
SVN 31-07/21 - Senior Project Assistant/Data Analyst (DTM) Sarajevo 2021-08-26
JAVNI POZIV ZA DOSTAVLJANJE PONUDA- NABAVKA I ISPORUKA PLASTIČNOG POSUĐA ZA POTREBE PRIVREMENIH PRIHVATNIH CENTARA 2021-09-01
PRODUŽENJE JAVNOG POZIVA ZA DOSTAVLJANJE PONUDA – NABAVKA I ISPORUKA UREĐAJA ZA MJERENJE BRZINE ZA POTREBE DRŽAVNE AGENCIJE ZA SPROVOĐENJE ZAKONA 2021-08-18
PRODUŽENJE JAVNOG POZIVA ZA DOSTAVLJANJE PONUDA – NABAVKA I ISPORUKA MOTORNOG VOZILA 2021-09-03
PRODUŽENJE JAVNOG POZIVA ZA DOSTAVLJANJE PONUDA – NABAVKA I ISPORUKA SPECIJALIZOVANOG TERENSKOG VOZILA SA POGONOM NA SVA ČETIRI TOČKA - SUV 2021-08-11
JAVNI POZIV ZA DOSTAVLJANJE PONUDA - Nabavku, transport i isporuku metalnih kreveta na sprat i madraca, na području Unsko-sanskog kantona 2021-08-10
JAVNI POZIV ZA DOSTAVLJANJE PONUDA – Popravak i reparacija devastiranih kancelarijskih i sanitarnih kontejnera iz Bire i Sedre na području naselja Lipa, Unsko-sanski kanton 2021-08-10

Launch of "Little kindergarten" presented to the residents of local communities Gornji Rahic and Maoca and to the selected commission

Launch of "Little kindergarten" – workshop for pupils and children of preschool age, the first activity within the project "Community Based Approach to Support Youth in Targeted Municipalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina" was presented to the residents of local communities Gornji Rahic and Maoca and to the selected commission. 

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Second Community Dialogue was held with youth from Gradisce, Smajici and several other local communities in Zenica

Second Community Dialogue, an activity within the project "Community Based Approach to Support Youth in Targeted Municipalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina" was held with youth from Gradisce, Smajici and several other local communities in Zenica. With the support of IOM's local coordinators, they presented two projects to be implemented in Gradisce, and one for the local community of Smajici.

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UN Migration Agency Marks 11th EU Anti-Trafficking Day with New Data, Analysis on Human Trafficking

Counter-Trafficking Work

IOM has been working to counter trafficking in persons since 1994. In this time, we have assisted over 90,000 trafficked persons. Ensuring freedom and a chance at a new life, IOM’s assistance can include accommodation in places of safety, medical and psychosocial support, skills development and vocational training, reintegration assistance, and the options of voluntary, safe and dignified return to countries of origin, integration in the country of destination, or resettlement to third countries when needed.

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Second Community Dialogue was held with youth in Urije, and several other local communities in Prijedor

Second Community Dialogue, an activity within the project "Community Based Approach to Support Youth in Targeted Municipalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina", was held with youth in Urije, and several other local communities in Prijedor. With the support of IOM’s local coordinators, the youth identified the problems in their communities, and ways for those to be solved - and they suggested projects related to sports and ecology.These activities implemented by IOM are 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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FINAL REPORT OF THE CONFERENCE - Sub-regional consultative event in the Western Balkans on the Global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration (Sarajevo, 29 June 2017)

The sub-regional consultative event on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) in the Western Balkans, held in Sarajevo on 29 June 2017, built up on a series of six national informational events that presented the respective Global Compacts for Migration and for Refugees. The national events were facilitated by IOM and UNHCR, in close cooperation with the Governments in the region and other relevant stakeholders. 

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10th Symposium of Prosecutors of Bosnia and Herzegovina

The IOM BiH was participant and co-organizer of the Panel 3, as the part of the 10th Symposium of Prosecutors of Bosnia and Herzegovina where Peter Van der Auweaert, IOM Subregional Coordinator for the Western Balkans spoke on Cultural sensitive care of victims of trafficking and what IOM learned from the Western Balkans migration crisis when it comes to human trafficking.

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Presentation on the occasion of the NATO field exercise in the Base Operations at the University campus

Peter Van Der Auweraert, IOM Sub-Regional Coordinator for the Western Balkans, held a presentation on the occasion of the NATO field exercise in the Base Operations at the University campus yesterday in Tuzla on behalf of the UN agencies. Field NATO exercise to manage the consequences of crisis situations, simulated in Tuzla, represents a central event exercise organized jointly by the NATO’s Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) and the Ministry of Security of BiH.

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