BOSNIA 2018

Forced displacement causes enormous human suffering, particularly for the extremely poor and vulnerable, including youth, women and children. Economic and social impacts are significant as the displaced have limited social capital and no assets, unable to make plans or find livelihoods and have poor access to basic services.

 
 
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7,652

New arrivals 1 Jan - 40 June 2018 (UNHCR)

 

3700

Refugees in Serbia today (UNHCR, 31 August 2018)

 

3,174

Occupancy of Government Asylum, Reception and Transit Centres (UNHCR, 31 August 2018)

As European countries close their borders, the routes have gone underground fanning out across the Balkans with more people becoming gridlocked in Bosnia and Herzegovina. About 15,000 refguees, asylum seekers and migrants have passed through Bosnia in 2018.

In Bihać 1,400 refugees and migrants are sleeping rough in an abandoned building close to the border with Croatia. Geographically it is ideal in which to “play the game” in the hope of crossing into the EU. But the border is closely monitored and brutality against refugees is on the increase including violent push backs and other deterrent measures. Aid is provided largely by civilians, volunteer groups and the Red Cross who lack the administrative and donor restrictions enabling them to respond faster. The Bosnian state currently lacks the infrastructure to adequately accommodate the new arrivals, with only two official camps and a combined hard shelter capacity for 350 people. There is a migrant population of 3,500 in the border area alone, stranded, without access to any protection or well coordinated humanitarian aid.

Since May 2018 when we facilitated a rapid needs assessment we have been advocating to officials and donor agencies regarding the lack of preparation which has been facilitated to help save lives this winter. In Bihać and Velika Kludaša in Northwestern Bosnia we are documenting the experiences of refugees and other displaced persons as survivors of war and persecution. Facilitated by our team of protection workers, anthropologists and award winning photojournalist the stories are collected through extensive on the ground investigative fact finding to ensure that the the human rights violations against people on the move in Europe remain visible to the public.

We are currently seeking support to provide a a mobile legal aid clinic.

Photos: Marko Risović, Associate Ethnovision.

 

Migration is one of the great challenges of the globalized world. Refugees will always move across borders to seek safety for themselves and their families in the face of war, persecution and conflict. People who face poverty in their home country will always move in search of a better life for themselves and their families.

 
 
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