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Temporary Shelter, COVID Testing for Homeless Migrants in Bosnia and Herzegovina

IOM, together with Danish Refugee Council, the Red Cross and migrant volunteers have set up heated isolation tents for migrants in the Blazuj army barracks, near Sarajevo, furnished with 1,000 beds, mattresses and blankets.

The idea is to provide temporary accommodation for migrants and refugees who have previously been sleeping rough on the streets of the Bosnian capital.

Migrants will first go through a medical check-up pending registration after which they will have access to shelter, food, medical assistance and other humanitarian needs.

Taking part in the simulated counter-trafficking exercise in Bosnia last week

IOM's Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina last week organized a two-day bilateral simulation/desktop exercise on joint cross border operation for countering smuggling of migrants for officers from border police forces, crime investigation units and migration officers from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro.

"On the wrong path? Protecting the European Union’s External Border in the Western Balkans"

That was the intriguing title of a webinar run this week by the prestigious Migration Policy Institute, where IOM’s Chief of Mission and Western Balkans Coordinator, Peter Van der Auweraert participated as a key expert.

Up for discussion was the European Union’s more stringent controls on its external border and they impact they are having on its near neighbours.

"Catastrophic" Situation on Bosnian Border - IOM Representative

The number of refugees and migrants arriving in Bosnia continues to increase and the situation is critical, especially in the north-western part of the country. IOM representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Peter Van der Auweraert, describes the main challenges and what he hopes will be a short-term solution to get migrants away from dire living conditions in the field in an interview with InfoMigrants