The EU has allocated an additional €2.5 million in humanitarian aid to support vulnerable refugees and migrants in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
It is estimated that over 1 000 people are outside the temporary accommodation facilities, with limited access to basic services. They are exposed to increasingly cold temperatures as winter is approaching and numerous protection risks, with the situation of unaccompanied minors requiring particular attention.
- Around 4 000 refugees and migrants stranded in Bosnia and Herzegovina, many of whom sleep outside, are in need of shelter, food, water, sanitation, healthcare, protection and clothes. To address these needs, the EU stands ready to continue providing humanitarian assistance. The dignity and safety of all persons, especially the most vulnerable, need to be ensured and protected at all times. Humanitarian partners need full access to people in need, wherever they are - said Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner for Crisis Management.
The newly allocated €2.5 million will further support the provision of outreach and protection assistance, including child protection, and support unaccompanied minors, both inside and outside centers. The funding will also be used to address the critical need of healthcare, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, including psychosocial support and mental health assistance.