UNHCR and the Service for Foreigners’ Affairs (SFA) continue to successfully cooperate to ensure effective identification of protection needs amongst mixed migration arrivals to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and referring them to relevant BiH authorities and appropriate services.
To support the implementation of these activities, on 2 December, the UNHCR Representative in BiH, Lucie Gagné, handed over IT equipment to the SFA, including five PCs, five laptops, 26 multifunctional printers, and ten mobile phones.
The equipment was procured as a part of the regional project “Addressing COVID-19 Challenges within the Migrant and Refugee Response in the Western Balkans”, co-funded by the European Union (EU) and UNHCR.
The Service for Foreigner’s Affairs Deputy Director Mirsad Buzar thanked the UNHCR representative for the valuable donation and support that UNHCR continuously provides to the institution.
“The donated IT equipment will enable better working conditions for employees of the Service for Foreigner’s Affairs, and greater efficiency when it comes to dealing with people expressing their intent to seek asylum.” Mr. Buzar said.
In addition to providing technical support, UNHCR conducted various capacity-building activities, including training sessions and coaching to the SFA staff conducting registrations of persons on the move, including those seeking asylum in BiH.
Besides direct support to the SFA profiling team, UNHCR, through this project, secured additional mobile devices and a significant number of disinfectants for SFA offices, with more necessary computer equipment to be delivered to SFA in the coming period.
UNHCR support to SFA will continue within the complementary UNHCR/IOM joint project “Bosnia and Herzegovina: Enhancing Social Cohesion in Communities Hosting People on the Move” co-funded by the EU and UNHCR.