Representatives from Qatar Charity and IOM at the signing ceremony. Credit: IOM
Representatives from Qatar Charity and IOM at the signing ceremony. Credit: IOM

The UN Migration Agency IOM and Qatar Charity have signed an agreement in which Qatar Charity will provide funds to improve the response to the situation of refugees and migrants in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The NGO Qatar Charity will donate 364,050 dollars to support the response to the situation of refugees and migrants in Bosnia-Herzegovina, following an agreement signed last week with the UN Migration Agency IOM. The funds will be used to provide for the need to expand reception capacity and humanitarian assistance for the approximately 5,000 migrants and asylum seekers in the Balkan country. 

Project to improve reception in Bosnia 

The agreement was signed on Tuesday at the UN House in Sarajevo by Faisal Rashid A. T. Alfehaida, the assistant of the general director for operations and international partnership of Qatar Charity; and Drazan Rozic, the IOM Bosnia and Herzegovina emergency response coordinator. 

The project aims to improve the living and security conditions in the temporary reception centres in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with a particular focus on the Usivak temporary reception centre in Hadzici municipality near Sarajevo. 

"This generous contribution will allow IOM to further improve the humanitarian conditions in the temporary accommodation centres for migrants in Bosnia and Herzegovina and, at the same time, support local communities and municipalities hosting migrants on their territory," said Peter Van der Auweraert, IOM chief of mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina and sub-regional coordinator for the Western Balkans. 

Increase in arrivals expected in spring 

"While IOM is currently accommodating some 4,500 persons, this new support is crucial as we are expecting the number of persons to increase during the spring. Meanwhile, there is also a critical need to improve conditions in the current centers," said Rozic of IOM. Planned activities include improvement of the existing infrastructure and expansion of the current capacity of the centres, complementary to the support already provided by the European Union. 

Small interventions will also be realized in support of local communities hosting refugees and migrants."Qatar Charity is proud to start this cooperation with IOM, improving the humanitarian support and conditions for the migrants and refugees currently staying in Bosnia and Herzegovina," said Faisal Rashid A. T. Alfehaida, of Qatar Charity.
 

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