With winter approaching and thousands of migrants and refugees in Bosnia and Herzegovina living outside of adequate facilities, the European Commission has decided to approve an additional EUR two million in humanitarian aid.
This brings EU humanitarian aid in the country to a total of EUR 5.8 million since 2018.
“Winter is coming and we are stepping up support so our humanitarian partners can deliver more help to those most in need. Our aid will focus on emergency healthcare and protection and distribute sleeping bags, warm jackets, food and medicines. It is crucial that the authorities urgently provide additional accommodation to ensure safe and dignified living conditions for migrants and refugees in the country”, said Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management.
According to estimates, there are between 6,000 and 8,000 refugees and migrants in need of assistance currently in the country, mostly in the Una-Sana Canton.
Due to the lack of accommodation capacities, nearly half of the migrants and refugees are living outside of the facilities. Approximately 3,300 are accommodated in five EU-funded temporary reception centers.
EU aid will be channeled through UN agencies and NGOs who are already providing assistance on the ground.