Bosnia and Herzegovina: additional €2 million in humanitarian aid for refugees and migrants

With winter approaching and thousands of migrants and refugees in Bosnia and Herzegovina living outside of adequate facilities, the European Commission has today announced an additional €2 million in humanitarian aid. This brings EU humanitarian aid in the country to €5.8 million since 2018. Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, said: “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.” The EU has requested proposals of new locations to host refugees and migrants from the national authorities. This is urgently needed due to the approaching winter. Furthermore, persons accommodated in inadequate conditions, such as the Vucjak site, need to be urgently hosted in appropriate accommodation.