EU allocates additional €3.5m for refugees and migrants in Bosnia

The European Commission announced on Sunday an additional €3.5m in humanitarian aid to help vulnerable refugees and migrants in Bosnia and Herzegovina facing a humanitarian disaster.

More than 1,700 refugees and migrants remain without appropriate shelter and support in Una Sana canton. After the closure of the reception centre in Lipa, which was not winter-proof and which also suffered a fire, 900 people are currently on the former campsite. In addition, a further 800 refugees and migrants are staying outdoors in harsh winter conditions, including children.

“The situation in Una Sana canton is unacceptable. Local authorities need to make existing facilities available and provide a temporary solution until Lipa camp is rebuilt into a permanent facility”, HR/VP Josep Borrell said. He pointed out that long-term solutions are urgently needed.

"Hundreds of people, including children, are sleeping outside in freezing temperatures in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This humanitarian disaster could be avoided, if the authorities created sufficient winterized shelter capacity in the country, including by making use of existing facilities available”, Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarcic, said.

The humanitarian funding announced on 3 January will provide refugees and migrants with warm clothing, blankets, food, as well as healthcare, mental health and psychosocial support. It will also contribute to efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus. This funding comes on top of €4.5 million allocated in April 2020, bringing EU humanitarian assistance for refugees and migrants in Bosnia and Herzegovina to €13.8 million since 2018.

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