UNHCR supports the Ministry of Security’s Sector for Asylum and the Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees in providing accommodation and assistance for asylum-seekers and for refugees and persons granted subsidiary protection and in securing the rights of these individuals under international law and relevant national legislation.
With support from the EU and in partnership with UN agencies a national and international civil society and local authorities and institutions, UNHCR coordinates and implements the projects aimed at strengthening access to free legal aid for asylum seekers, outreach, identification and referral with case management and recreational/occupational activities for vulnerable asylum seekers. Furthermore, UNHCR runs an information centre for arriving asylum seekers in Sarajevo.
UNHCR’s work to assist persons lacking proof of nationality focuses on supporting authorities at the State and local levels to strengthen mechanisms which will ensure identification, prevention and reduction of persons at risk of statelessness. UNHCR supports birth registration and issuance of nationality documents which requires the dedicated work of VP BiH, a free legal aid NGO until these persons are fully supported by local free legal aid offices where they exist, to ensure that individuals are assisted to register birth and nationality in municipal books. Internally Displaced People (IDPs), Returnees, and Refugees from the former Yugoslavia
UNHCR works with authorities at all levels, operational partners and civil society stakeholders to support the BiH authorities led by the Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees (MHRR) in resolving the remaining priority problems of displacement under the Revised Strategy for Annex VII of the Dayton Peace Agreement, including for the selection of vulnerable beneficiaries for major housing projects.
The Regional Housing Programme (RHP), which provides reconstruction assistance and social housing, and the Council of Europe Development Bank project designed to re-house residents of 121 collective centres, will provide new improved living conditions to vulnerable internally displaced people (IDPs) and returnees, facilitating solutions either in their place of origin or in their place of displacement.
In coordination with MHRR and local municipal commissions, UNHCR’s broader focus is to promote adoption by national actors of a systematic and data-driven evidence-based selection methodology for providing assistance to IDPs and returnees.