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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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

 

World Day against Trafficking in Persons- Joint press release

 

Joint press release from International Organization for Migration (IOM) Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Anti-Trafficking Coordinator’s Office of BiH on the occasion of

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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
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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
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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

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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Representatives of non-governmental organizations from the Western Balkans region attended a two-day meeting on 19th and 20th of September 2017 in Budva on Cultural Sensitive Care of Victims of Trafficking in Mixed Migration Flows

Representatives of non-governmental organizations from the Western Balkans region attended a two-day meeting on 19th and 20th of September 2017 in Budva on Cultural Sensitive Care of Victims of Trafficking in Mixed Migration Flows. During the meeting, good practices were presented and exchanged experience in this field. IOM organized this activity in the scope of the project "Enhancing Counter Trafficking in Crisis in the Western Balkans", supported by U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (J/TIP).

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Local IOM team from Novi Grad Sarajevo organized and held a MoviEQ Workshop in the primary school "Behaudin Selmanović" within the framework of the project "Community Based Approaches to Support Youth in Local Communities"

Local IOM team from Novi Grad Sarajevo organized and held a MoviEQ Workshop in the primary school "Behaudin Selmanović" within the framework of the project "Community Based Approaches to Support Youth in Local Communities". Through this unique workshop, participants had the opportunity to build their emotional intelligence, widen their horizons, and learn new skills to help their future community engagement and/or employment. Participants who fullfiled all the requirements and regularly attended the sessions were awarded a Cambridge University certificate.

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