Bosnia and Switzerland inked the agreement on a migration and border management project. On behalf of the Swiss State Secretariat for Migration, the agreement was signed by the Director of Cooperation at the Embassy of Switzerland in Bosnia and Herzegovina Barbara Dätwyler Scheuer. Dragan Mektic, Minister of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Eldan Mujanović, Director of the Criminal Police Research Center, signed the agreement on behalf of Bosnia. The project is supposed to enhance migration and border control and have an impact on public security in Bosnia.
The Western Balkan countries in recent times have become a region of transit and destination for migrants from other parts of the world. The two-year project “Support to efficient migration and border management” will help the Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina with upgrading and integrating data in a comprehensive migration information system. With such a system, data on asylum, resident permits, registrations, visas and border crossing will be efficiently managed. The system will help to record and monitor the entry and stay of foreign nationals in Bosnia.
The project will also help to create conditions for establishing a video surveillance system at 62 international state border crossings points. Once these conditions are being met, previously granted EU IPA funds can be used for the purchase of the equipment and its installation.
“In total, Switzerland will provide an amount of CHF 900,000 to the Ministry of Security, which amounts to nearly 1.6 million KM, for this specific project. All interventions will contribute to manage the control of state borders in accordance with international standards and to maintain high levels of security for BiH citizens, residents, migrants and visitors”, said Barbara Dätwyler Scheuer, Director of Cooperation at the Embassy of Switzerland in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The bilateral cooperation on migration issues between Switzerland and Bosnia intensified with entering into a migration partnership in 2009. As part of the partnership, Switzerland supported the Ministry of Security and its administrative organizations, the Border Police, the Service of Foreign Affairs and the Sector for Immigration and Asylum.