11 December, 2018

Bosnia and Herzegovina: population movement

Snapshot

The number of migrants arriving in BiH (a transit country) in 2018 has jumped from 237 in January to more than 5,000 by October, and the number is projected to double in 2019.

The Red Cross of BiH and IFRC operation will provide support – in shelter and relief items livelihoods and basic needs, health, water, sanitation and hygiene, gender, protection and inclusion, and disaster risk reduction – to 7,600 of the most vulnerable migrants every two weeks for 12 months, and to 1,500 host communities for two months.

IFRC Appeal

Thousands of vulnerable migrants are facing a cold and dangerous journey across Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and are in desperate need of support. The Red Cross Society of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) are responding.

3.3 million Swiss francs needed
to provide urgent humanitarian support

Our impact

The Red Cross Society of Bosnia and Herzegovina has been supporting migrants in the country throughout 2018.
Up to 3,000 people on the move are receiving humanitarian assistance every day, with 490,000 hot meals and 310,000 lunch packs being distributed between May and December.
Relief items such as hygiene kits, sleeping bags, mattresses, blankets and clothes have been distributed. First aid and Restoring Family Links services are being provided, and migrants are also given awareness information about the dangers of landmines and other explosive remnants of war, which are a potential threat along the route.

Key figures

7,600
people to be supported every fortnight

3.3 million
Swiss francs needed

~500,000
hot meals provided to date

5,000+
people arriving monthly by October 2018