The European Commission said it will provide €1.5 million in humanitarian aid to address the increasing needs of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Bosnia.
Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides said: “The number of refugees and migrants arriving in Bosnia and Herzegovina has increased and we must act swiftly. We are committed to help Bosnia and Herzegovina deal with this situation and deliver assistance to the most vulnerable refugees and migrants. Our funding will support their basic needs and provide emergency shelter, food and health assistance, as well as protection.”
The humanitarian aid will be provided in locations such as Sarajevo, Bihać and Velika Kladuša. The funding aims to strengthen the provision of assistance, the protective environment and enhancing the capacity of organisations already providing first-line emergency response.
Thousands of refugees and migrants entered Bosnia since early January 2018, according to the government . Approximately 2,500 refugees and migrants in need of assistance are currently stranded in the country.