Bosnia and Herzegovina

Submission from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) for consideration by the EU Enlargement Directorate-General

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I. Introduction

  1. The Norwegian Refugee Council’s Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre submits this summary of progress and shortcomings related to internal displacement in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) for the consideration of the Directorate General for Enlargement in advance of its preparation of BiH’s Progress Report for 2014. This submission covers the period May 2014 to August 2014 and focuses on developments affecting internally displaced people (IDPs). This submission also covers internal displacement as a result of the floods, supplementary information to the May 2014 submission.

  2. During the 1992 to 1995 war in BiH, more than a million people were internally displaced by inter-ethnic violence, human rights violations and armed conflict between Serb, Croatian and Bosnian armed forces and militias. At the end of 2013, the government reported there were around 103,000 people registered as IDPs. This includes children born to heads of household registered as IDPs.