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"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

Peter Van der Auweraert, IOM Sub-regional Coordinator for the Western Balkans speaking at the Diaspora Conference in Sarajevo | IOM Austria - Regional Office

“Building trust and enhancing dialogue between the government and diaspora associations is a critical element in building further collaboration be it in trade, investment, skills exchange, or even return to Bosnia. Through this project and this conference, we are helping to establish this trust between different institutions, but also looking forward and discussing concrete ideas on what can be achieved together”.

Mini-Crisis in Bosnia is a Wakeup Call

When over a million people moved en masse through Central Europe in 2015/16, the small, landlocked country of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) was never part of what became known as “the Western Balkans route”.

Now, two years later, it is the newest destination for thousands of stranded migrants. They come from Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Algeria, Afghanistan and they are still struggling to continue their journeys to Western European. They are becoming ever more desperate, trapped within the borders of  Balkan countries, falling prey to criminal groups of human traffickers and smugglers.

“The smuggler destroyed our passports and dropped us in the mountains”

While the world’s attention is drawn to the plight of migrants and refugees and Asia and Africa, a small but significant number of irregular migrants continue to arrive in central European countries like Bosnia and Herzegovina, placing huge strains on local authorities.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Migration Profile 2007

Date of publication: 
Jan 01, 2007
The Migration Profiles in South-Eastern Europe were created partly in reaction to the EU Council Conclusions of June 2007 on Extending and Enhancing the Global Approach to Migration, based on the Commission Communications of May 2007 on applying the Global Approach to migration to the Eastern and South-Eastern regions neighbouring the European Union and on circular migration and mobility partnerships, which particularly calls for drawing up country-specific migration profiles.

Labour Migration Patterns, Policies and Migration Propensity in the Western Balkans

Date of publication: 
Nov 01, 2009
The Western Balkan countries remain an area of interest to those with a stake in migration issues. Despite the region’s common recent history, the Western Balkans are very diverse as regards migration issues: some are plagued by poverty and high unemployment rates that generate large outflows of migrants, while others already attract immigrants to fill the labour shortages in certain booming sectors of their economy.

Maximizing the Development Impact of Migration-Related Financial Flows and Investment to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Date of publication: 
Jan 01, 2010
The hypothesis of this study is that a key migration-related objective of many BiH long-term migrants is to build up a certain level of financial capital during migration - often combined with other important skills and contacts.

Analysis of Impact of Floods on Mental Health of Population of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Date of publication: 
May 01, 2015
Continuous and heavy rainfall starting May 13, 2014 in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) has caused massive flooding in northern, eastern and central parts of BiH. This is the most serious natural disaster that BiH has experienced in the past 120 years, affecting a third of the country and approximately one million people (more than a quarter of the population of the country.