IOM in Bosnia and Herzegovina
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.
On 9 June 2005, Bosnia and Herzegovina was admitted as a Member of the International Organization for Migration (RESOLUTION No. 1114 (LXXXIX), adopted by the Council at its 464th meeting).
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.
IOM is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society.
As the leading international organization for migration, IOM acts with its partners in the international community to:
Assist in meeting the growing operational challenges of migration management,
Advance understanding of migration issues,
Encourage social and economic development through migration, and
Uphold the human dignity and well-being of migrants.
Laura Lungarotti, Sub-Regional Coordinator for the Western Balkans and IOM Bosnia and Herzegovina Chief of Mission
Ms. Laura Lungarotti (Italy) officially assumed the position of the Sub-Regional Coordinator for the Western Balkans and Chief of Mission of IOM Bosnia and Herzegovina in January 2021.
Ms. Lungarotti has over 17 years of experience working with IOM in Geneva, Egypt, Yemen, Morocco, Senegal/ West Africa and Mauritania. Prior to her posting in Sarajevo, Laura served as the Chief of Mission in Nouakchott, Mauritania.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science - International Relations from the University of Firenze, Italy and a Master’s Degree in Anthropology of Development from SOAS, University of London.