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24 Jun 2019 description

Official TRCs are at full capacity and there is an urgent need to identify locations for new TRCs to-be quickly operationalized.

The security situation in and around the Bira and Miral TRCs continues to be challenging with tensions between nationalities and un-authorized entries.

There is an urgent need for expanded outreach activities and to facilitate access to services for refugees and migrants outside of centres.


7,500 – 8,500 estimated refugee and migrant population in BiH at the end of May 2019

06 Jun 2019 description

April saw an increased number of refugees and migrants in UnaSana Canton (USC) and in particular of unaccompanied and separated children and families.

Protection outreach efforts have been intensified and a dedicated Working Group established in USC to coordinate protection efforts outside of centres.

Measles, mumps, and rubella, immunization of refugee and migrant children commenced in April, with the support of the WHO, UNICEF, and partners.

Key Indicators

25 Mar 2019 description

Vaša Prava and UNHCR supported asylum seekers (who registered their claim over nine months ago) to become legally eligible for employment in BiH.
On 2 February, the Una-Sana Canton authorities placed a restriction on the entry of newly arriving single men to the Miral and Bira TRCs.
Approval from the Government of Herzegovina-Neretva Canton is still pending for refugee and migrant children in the Salakovac Reception Center to access primary school.


4,800 – 5,300 estimated refugee and migrant population at the end of February 2019

19 Mar 2019 description

134 refugee and migrant children, from House of All, the Žene sa Une safe house, and the Sedra,
Borići, Ušivak, and Bira TRCs were enrolled in primary education.
IOM opened the Borići TRC on 3 January and the first 136 refugees and migrants moved in. The Borići TRC is predominantly for families with children.
Health care services in the Ušivak TRC are now provided by the Sarajevo Cantonal Health Institute through the Hadžići Primary Health Centre, with the support of DRC.


28 Dec 2018 description

Transit/Reception centres were opened in Ušivak, in Hadžići, and in Bira, in Bihać, significantly increasing capacity in BiH by 960 spaces in October.

Restrictions on the freedom of movement to and within USC were placed on refugees and migrants in October. The UN in BiH is advocating to revoke this.

October saw a record number of arrivals to BiH: 5,057 refugees and migrants were detected by the Ministry of Security, compared to 3,710 in September.


01 Dec 2018 description

Accommodation capacity increased by over 2,000 spaces and large voluntary transfers moved the majority refugees and migrants from informal sites.
Restrictions on freedom of movement remain in place in UnaSana Canton and significantly limit access to services and rights and pose operational obstacles.
The Special Representative of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe on Migration and Refugees visited Bosnia and Herzegovina in the month, including Una-Sana Canton.


01 Oct 2018 description


The number of irregular migrants arriving in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) saw a significant increase in 2018 with respect to previous years. In April 2018, authorities in BiH registered 1,419 new irregular migrants amounting to a total of 2,733 since the beginning of the year. The overall number of registered migrants in 2018 is more than ten times higher than the 270 registered in the same period in 2017.

09 Jul 2018 description
  • UNICEF, in cooperation with Save the Children and World Vision, established Child Friendly Spaces in the Refugee Reception Centre and in Bihać. Over 240 children benefit from services and activities.
  • ECHO pledged EUR 1.5 million for the most urgent needs of refugees and migrants in BiH. Further funding is under discussion with the EU – DG Near, the council of Europe Development Bank, and the Czech Government.
08 Jun 2018 description

On 15 May, the BiH Council of Ministers discussed and adopted the Emergency Measures Action Plan to address needs vis-à-vis the current refugee and migrant situation at their 142nd session.

The BiH Authorities opened the Refugee Reception Centre in Salakovac for 269 asylum seekers on 18 May. The UN is a key partner working closely with MHRR and MoS.

Despite the high proportion of arrivals expressing intention to seek asylum, the number of asylum application interviews offered and conducted by the Sector for Asylum fell in May.


30 May 2018 description

Executive summary

Between March and April 2018, the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) in cooperation with various international and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), conducted a Multi-cluster/sector Initial Rapid Assessment (MIRA) to gather information on the current migrant and refugee situation, identify needs and gaps and inform the planning and coordination of the immediate UN response. Below are outlined the key findings of the MIRA assessment and recommendations for further action.

Key findings

27 Apr 2018 description

Hundreds of men, women and children are sleeping in parks in the capital Sarajevo and in two towns in the western Bosnia bordering Croatia

SARAJEVO, April 26 (Reuters) - Bosnia's central government said on Thursday it would step up border controls to prevent a further influx of migrants and try to accommodate those already in Bosnia in the face of criticism that it is failing to adequately protect their rights.

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13 Apr 2018 description

Interview with Nidzara Ahmetasevic, activist with Are You Syrious?

Bosnia has had a troubled recent history. What is the current political, social and financial situation?