UNHCR works in cooperation with the BiH Ministry of Security (MoS), Border Police, Service for Foreigners’ Affairs, Ministry for Human Rights and Refugees (MHRR) and the civil society to promote access to the asylum system for people in need of international protection, to provide them legal aid, psychosocial aid and accommodation, and to help asylum-seekers and refugees realise their rights. UNHCR’s support to the authorities includes capacity building and advocacy.
UNHCR supports authorities at the State, entity, the Brcko District of BiH, cantonal and municipal levels to strengthen mechanisms which will ensure identification, prevention and reduction of people at risk of statelessness. In order for individuals at risk to acquire birth registration and nationality documents, UNHCR supports the work of free legal aid NGO Vaša Prava BiH and cantonal and municipal free legal aid offices, ensuring that individuals register birth and citizenship in municipal records.
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. 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.