Acceptance of vulnerable categories of asylum seekers

Representatives of institutions responsible for migration, asylum and border management directly involved in receiving vulnerable categories of asylum seekers, together with the non-governmental sector, participated in one-day training which dealt with the concept, reception procedures and support measures of vulnerable categories of asylum seekers with a particular focus on victims of human trafficking as vulnerable categories in mixed migration flows. The training was held on 12th June 2018, in Sarajevo.

Although all asylum seekers are considered vulnerable populations, there are differences between them. The vulnerable categories of asylum seekers according to the Law on Asylum of BiH are persons with disabilities, children, unaccompanied minors, elderly and infirm persons, severely ill persons, persons with disabilities, pregnant women, single parents with minors, persons with mental disorders and victims of human trafficking, victims of torture, rape or other psychological, physical and sexual violence, such as victims of female genital mutilation.

During the presentation, the terminology difference between refugees, migrants and asylum seekers has been clarified, and which individuals are interest groups for UNHCR and how they are protected. Various vulnerabilities between refugees and migrants have been identified as well as some specific measures for the protection of refugee, adolescent and women children, with a special focus on unaccompanied minors.

Project “Support to Efficient Migration and Border Management in Bosnia and Herzegovina” supported by Government of Switzerland. Embassy of Switzerland in Bosnia and Herzegovina