670 migrants and asylum‐seekers arrived irregularly in BiH in January, including 7 unaccompanied or separated children (UASC), according to authorities. This is a 24% decrease compared to the total number of arrivals in January 2020 (882), which was pre‐COVID. 70,083 arrivals have been recorded since the start of the mixed movement in January 2018.
580 persons (87%) arriving in January expressed an intention to seek asylum with the Service for Foreigners’ Affairs (SFA).
12 asylum claims were registered in January, representing 10 cases (1 UASC, 1 single woman, 1 family and 7 single men), of which 11 were conducted in UNHCR’s Information Centre in Sarajevo.
3 Refugee Status Determination (RSD) interviews were conducted in January. 2 in UNHCR’s Information Centre in Sarajevo and 1 in the Immigration Centre Lukavica.
2 first‐instance decisions* were issued in January, of which both were negative. Of the decisions issued, 1 was for a claim registered in 2020 and the other from 2019. 7 asylum claims were suspended during the period.
5,880 asylum‐seekers and migrants were accommodated in reception facilities at the end of January, while 2,500‐2,700 persons are estimated to be squatting outside of formal accommodation, mainly in Una‐Sana Canton including more than 900 at the Lipa site.
UNHCR BiH Representative Lucie Gagné visits the Lipa Site in mid‐January. Following the fire which destroyed the camp in December, BiH authorities are making considerable progress in identifying interim solutions for some 900 individuals on site, including by providing basic humanitarian assistance.