EU provides € 500 000 for refugees and migrants in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The European Commission has committed an additional € 500 000 to continue assisting the most vulnerable refugees and migrants in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

This additional funding brings EU humanitarian assistance in the Western Balkans to € 31 million since the start of the refugee crisis in 2015, including € 2 million for Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2018.

“Refugees and migrants continue to arrive in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the EU is committed to provide humanitarian assistance to those in need, supporting the efforts of national and local authorities. Our humanitarian aid will provide food, water, emergency shelter, sanitation, health care and warm clothing” said Christos Stylianides, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management.

“With the winter starting, it is of extreme urgency that all refugees and migrants are provided with proper accommodation. The European Commission is calling upon the authorities to provide additional accommodation as quickly as possible in order to avoid the suffering. The European Commission will continue to support the health and protection, as well as safeguard the dignity of refugees and migrants living in dire conditions.”

EU humanitarian assistance addresses the most urgent needs such as food, water, emergency shelter, sanitation, healthcare, warm clothing and protection assistance. It will help refugees and migrants to cope with the upcoming harsh winter.

Over 22 000 refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants have arrived in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2018. Of this number, around 4 000 currently need humanitarian assistance. Thanks to EU funding, most people of concern are housed in facilities in Bihac, Velika Kladusa and near Sarajevo. However, additional accommodation is urgently needed.

The short-term emergency assistance is complemented by a mid-term response amounting to € 7.2 million. It aims to strengthen the country’s ability to manage migration and provide adequate accommodation, basic services, and education.