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

  • Aleksa Živković: Od lošeg vladanja do odličnih rezultata

     

     „Zahvaljujući projektu na kojem sam sudjelovao, u svakodnevnoj sam komunikaciji s lokalnim koordinatorima u Prijedoru koje smatram svojim prijateljima. Kako volim raditi i razvijati manje programske aplikacije, lokalni koordinatori su me povezali s Agencijom za ekonomski razvoj grada Prijedora gdje sam iskoristio priliku za dodatnom edukacijom i radom na programiranju aplikacije u mnogo boljim uvjetima. Neizmjerno sam im zahvalan na toj prilici.“- kazao je Aleksa.

     

  • Korak ka boljem ja!

     

    „Sudjelujući na radionicama prepoznao sam mogućnost osobnog razvoja i radovao sam se svakom narednom sastanku koji mi je pomogao da budem „korak ka boljem ja“. Postao sam sigurniji i samouvjereniji“- otkrio je mladić iz Tuzle koji je sudjelovao i na MoviEQ radionici i otkrio čari u pomaganju drugima.

     

  • IOM’s Migration Response (as of February 2020)

     

    In 2018, with the support of the European Union (EU), IOM opened four new Temporary Reception Centres in Una Sana Canton, and with the support of the Council of Europe Development Bank, IOM opened one new Temporary Reception Centre in Sarajevo. In late 2019, with support of the EU and in collaboration with the German Federal Civil Protection Agency, IOM also opened an additional site in Blažuj, Sarajevo Canton.

    Sedra Temporary Reception Centre in Cazin Municipality for families and vulnerable migrants opened in July 2018

    Bira Temporary Reception Centre in the City of Bihac, primarily for single men opened in October 2018

    Miral Temporary Reception Centre in Velika Kladusa Municipality primarily for single men opened in October 2018, with IOM supporting the site management from November 2018.

    Usivak Temporary Reception Centre in Hadžići Municipality for single men, families and vulnerable migrants opened in October 2018.

    Borici Temporary Reception Centre in City of Bihac for families and vulnerable migrants re-opened in December 2018 following complete renovation.

    Blažuj Temporary Reception Centre in Sarajevo Canton, started providing provisional accommodation solutions during the winter in 2019, and will continue to scale up its capacity and to improve living conditions as reconstruction works to fully operationalize the site are still ongoing.

     

  • Oni koji najmanje daju, najviše primaju

     

    „Sviđa mi se ovaj projekt doniranja knjiga zato što sada živimo u vremenu kada sve preuzima tehnologija i svakako treba da se osvrnemo na početke i da čitamo što više. Bilo bi odlično kada bi se organizirale ovakve ili slične aktivnosti za što više biblioteka u našoj zemlji“- naglašava Milica pozivajući sve građane Foče, ali i cijele BiH da pomognu bibliotekama donirajući knjige koje ne koriste, koje su pročitali i koje umjesto da stoje kući na policama mogu poslužiti nekome da se dodatno obrazuje.

     

  • Open call for Quotation - Supply and delivery of the equipment for inspection and authentication of travel documents

     

    INVITATION TO BID

    The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is an intergovernmental humanitarian organization established in 1951 and is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits both migrants and society.

    In the framework of Technical Assistance to the Bosnia and Herzegovina Border Police to Identify Document and Identity Fraud, IOM now invites interested Vendors to bid for supply and delivery of the equipment for inspection and authentication of travel documents.

     

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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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Coordination Meeting on the Prevention and Combatting Violent Extremism (P/CVE) in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Coordination Meeting on the Prevention and Combatting Violent Extremism (P/CVE) in Bosnia and Herzegovina was held yesterday, at the UN House, and organized by the Ministry of Security of BiH, with support from the IOM Mission in Sarajevo.

With opening remarks delivered by the BiH Minister, Mr. Dragan Mektić, the meeting took place within the framework of the BiH Strategy for Preventing and Combatting Violent Extremism 2015-2020, and it was chaired by the P/CVE National Coordinator for BiH, Mr. Samir Rizvo.

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