- 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.
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.
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 FIGURES FOR 2018
2.762 (1 Jan – 30 April) detected arrivals
53(2 girls, 51 boys) unaccompanied minors identified
UN agencies assisted 1.392 people with transport, food, NFIs and psychosocial counselling
384(46 f, 338 m) Asylum applications
1.151 (109 f, 1.042 m) people assisted at the UNHCR Information Center
UN agencies provided 1.104 people with legal counselling
▪ Continue advocating with BiH authorities to urgently open accommodation facilities.
KEY FIGURES FOR 2018
1,138 (1 Jan – 31 March) detected arrivals to BiH
21(0 girls, 21 boys) unaccompanied minors identified
624 people assisted with transport, food, NFI and psychosocial counselling
253(32 females, 221 males) Asylum applications
521 people assisted at the UNHCR Information Center
640 people provided with legal counselling
Continue supporting BiH authorities at all levels respond to existing and emerging needs.
KEY FIGURES FOR 2018
472 (1 Jan – 28 Feb) detected arrivals to BiH
21(0 girls, 21 boys) unaccompanied minors assisted
262 people assisted with transport, food, NFI and psychosocial counselling
117(16 females, 101 males) Asylum applications
87(3 females, 84 males) people assisted at the UNHCR Information Center
198 people provided with legal counselling
On 20 February 2018, editors and other professionals from over 20 national and international media outlets were sensitized about the current refugee/migrant situation in BiH, and how to report on the situation in line with international norms and definitions. Media guidelines for reporting in such a context were shared by UNHCR and IOM.
Over the past twenty years since signing the Dayton Peace Agreement, the authorities in BiH at all levels have been working hard to resolve the issues of protracted displacement. However, the remaining challenges call for solutions that require stronger co-ordination between the participants and more specific defining of needs and sources of funding.
Ongoing UNHCR project in BiH designed to strengthen municipal capacities for management of data on the needs of the internally displaced and returnees significantly increased quality and effectiveness of assistance.
In April 2017, UNHCR Representation in Bosnia and Herzegovina initiated a BAM 2.5 million project to enhance sustainability of the (internally) displaced people (IDPs) and returnees and to support management of data about this population data management in six municipalities - Bihać, Novi Grad, Kotor Varoš, Lukavac, Doboj and Čapljina.
Floods, landslides, drought, storms, earthquakes and forest fires... Bosnia and Herzegovina is prone to natural disasters that hurt agriculture. Supported by the Swiss Government, FAO organized a conference on February 08 on “Post-Disaster Needs Assessment Guidelines,” presenting findings and recommendations for improving current methodologies for assessing damages and losses in agriculture.
This map shows the relative earthquake risk and the population exposed to earthquake risk as a ratio of the total population across municipalities in Bosnia Herzegovina.
This map shows the relative flood risk and the population exposed to flood risk as a ratio of the total population across municipalities in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Who Does What Where in DRR in BiH – shaping new interconnectedness patterns
By Irina Kulenovic and Erik Kjaergaard
Multi-stakeholder and inter-agency platforms can help mobilize knowledge, skills and resources required for mainstreaming DRR into development and emergency policies, plans and programmes by providing coordination, analysis and advice.