Open lecture: Mr. Konstanty Gebert, “Current Migration Debate in Europe”


Mr. Konstanty Gebert /CESI open Lecture in cooperation with Humanity in Action 17th of March, 12.00, Auditorium, Faculty of Political Science

“Current Migration Debate in Europe: Between safeguarding of human rights and freedoms and long-term socio-demographic, political and economic restructuring”

You are kindly invited to join us for the lecture by Mr. Konstanty Gebert, an associate fellow at the European Council for Foreign Relations and an international reporter and columnist at “Gazeta Wyborcza,” Poland’s largest daily publication, discussing the current migration debate in Europe by focusing on the refugee crisis and implications for the human rights and freedoms and long-term socio-demographic, political and economic restructurings.

It will be held at the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Sarajevo on Thursday March 17, 2016 at 12:00h., Auditorium (Ground floor, Skenderija 72 )

This event is organized by Humanity in Action in cooperation with the Centre for Refugee and IDP Studies (CESI) – University of Sarajevo Faculty of Political Science.

The lecture is in English.

Poziv na toleranciju, solidarnost i humanost

Otvoreno pismo kolega znanstvenika u Hrvatskoj povodom trenutačne izbjegličke krize.

“Svakodnevno svjedočimo medijskim izvještajima o stradanjima ljudi koji u izbjegličkim kolonama u našemu bliskom susjedstvu pokušavaju pronaći priliku za siguran i bolji život za sebe i svoju djecu. Osim osnovnog problema zadovoljavanja primarnih životnih potreba, na tom svom putu ugroženi su brojnim preprekama i otežavajućim okolnostima kojima se nastoji spriječiti njihov ulazak u (ili prolazak kroz) europske zemlje. Sve to zapravo dodatno pojačava patnju i stradanja tih ljudi koji su morali napustiti svoje domove u potrazi za sigurnošću. S obzirom na medijski diskurs u kojemu se uglavnom govori o migrantima, upozorili bismo da je riječ o prisilnim migrantima. Svi su oni bili natjerani bježati iz svojih domova zbog spleta okolnosti i razloga koji se tiču političke, ratne i vojne ugroženosti, borbe za goli život te ekonomske depriviranosti koja je uzrokovana tim faktorima, kao i sve razornijim posljedicama klimatskih promjena. Stoga oni de facto jesu izbjeglice, a ne “avanturisti”, “dezerteri”, “lažne izbjeglice”, “kriminalci” i “teroristi”, kako se ponekad može čuti u iskrivljenim prikazima medijâ i nekih političara.”

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Forced Migration Review on ‘Dayton +20: Bosnia and Herzegovina twenty years on from the Dayton Peace Agreement’


Twenty years on from the signing of the Dayton Peace Agreement in November 1995, the consequences of conflict – including the long-term effects of displacement – are still being felt in the Western Balkans. FMR 50 examines the case of people who were displaced from and within Bosnia and Herzegovina as a result of the 1992-95 war, and reflects on the lessons that may be drawn from the successes and failures of the Agreement. These lessons have resonance for current crises – such as in Syria or Ukraine – and merit attention. Continue Reading

Call for Solidarity, Women Organizing for Change in Syria and Bosnia and Herzegovina


During the last few months we have been seeing images that might as well have been taken at the beginning of 90’s – images of women, children and men fleeing from death and destruction, in search of a safe haven. During the 90’s it was the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina and other countries of the former SFRY, 4 million of us, seeking safe shelter from war within our countries, across Europe and the world. Today we are witnessing millions of people being forced to leave their homes to save their lives, the most basic human right. We must not be blind, silent and inactive.

Please read the entire call here:



In the midst of the Syrian war and unprecedented refugee crisis with effects felt worldwide including the Western Balkans region (WB), currently being faced with increasing numbers of Syrians looking for safe shelter in Europe but being pushed back, criminalized, detained at the borders, with no proper reception, accommodation and integration services provided in the Balkans, we held the third International Summer School, dedicated to Refugee Law and international protection of refugees. Continue Reading

International Summer School on Refugee Law – Western Balkans in focus [ISS 2015]



The Centre for Refugee and IDP Studies (CESI) of the Faculty of Political Sciences in Sarajevo

Invites you to register for International Summer School on Refugee Law – Western Balkans in focus, with Professor Emerita Barbara Harrell-Bond

Date: 6-16th of July, 2015

University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

In the last decade countries of Western Balkans, including Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and Serbia have been transformed from refugee producing countries to host countries for asylum-seekers and refugees. Moreover, due to ongoing wars and prolonged hostilities in Syria and other parts of the world, it is expected that the number of persons seeking an international protection in the region will grow, thus making further development of the three countries asylum systems an important task.

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CESI and Forced Migration Review for the Special Issue FMR 50 -Dayton + 20: the Balkans twenty years on from the Dayton Agreement

Call for articles: FMR 50

‘Dayton + 20’ (the Balkans twenty years on from the Dayton Agreement)

Due out September 2015

Deadline for submission of articles: Monday 18th May 2015

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Dr. Selma Porobic (CESi director) and Erin Mooney (UNHCR specialist on displacement, earlier advised and helped promote Forced Migration Review special Issue FMR 33, see launch in Sarajevo, 12 November 2009,, act as the advisers to The FMR editors who will publish an issue of the magazine in September 2015 focusing on the western Balkans twenty years on from the Dayton Agreement. Continue Reading

CESI with’ Women Organsing for Change in Bosnia and Syria’

wocSince 2013 Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) has been facilitating a ground-breaking initiative of taking into consideration the existing experiences and empirical knowledge of women who went through an armed conflict and struggled for women rights – all in an attempt to change the dominant narrative of women as primarily victims in armed conflicts.

Through this initiative together with a number of women organisations and women activists in BiH, CESI advocates for women’s rights to be represented at all levels in the peace-building process, promotes the peace activism of women during war, and works towards acquiring and safeguarding the human rights and social, economic and political justice for women.

Read more about the project here

Read the Report from Ukraine: Can our experiences contribute to peace activism in Ukraine?

RRPP: Engendering Forced Migration, Socio-political Transition and Mental Health in BiH, Serbia and Kosovo


Recognising a recent growth in academic interest for the complex social, political and economic migration factors impacting human health, and a significant lack of scientific research into the current state of psychosocial well-being in Western Balkans, this project aims to conduct a pioneering study focusing on the nexus of migration, social transitioning and mental health in BiH, Serbia and Kosovo.

rrppkickoffThrough empirical cross-case analysis (mixed-methods and multidisciplinary approach), the project will address transformation and preservation of psychosocial health among the women forced migrants (stratified sample) in the three countries. It draws on the following research questions: How does the experience of inter-ethnic violence, large scale war displacement and protracted transitioning affect the psychosocial health of women forced migrants in each of the three environments? What should be done to address the psychosocial needs identified among this population and to fill the gaps of existing mental health and social protection policies and practices? Research results, based on the 2-years-long empiric study will provide insights into the state of mental health among women forced migrants in the three countries and inform service responses of the community health practitioners. Continue Reading