Migration and Development

What is the project about?

The role of migration in development, poverty reduction and economic growth is substantial and its benefits affect both the countries of destination and the countries of origin. Specifically, migration contributes to economic growth and development by enhancing any country’s trade, investment and development linkages, including by serving as a channel for development finance (remittances), the transfer of skills and ideas, and the establishment of commercial and cultural networks. However, the potential of migration to improve development outcomes in a wider sense, including in social and cultural dimensions, tends to receive little policy attention. At the same time, local governments do not have adequate policies and capacities to design and implement productive measures effectively linking migration with development.  

Official statistics estimate that 1,471,594 citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina (including second and third generation of emigrants) reside outside of the country. This accounts for approximately 39% of the total country population. These figures rank BiH second in Europe in terms of the magnitude of migration. The emigrants are often well educated and financially better off compared to the domicile population. At least 50% of them plan to return to the homeland which indicates a great potential this population has for the country’s development. At present, this potential is unused and almost completely limited to the provision of remittances and other financial transfers such as pensions. These transfers reach more than 3.5 billion BAM annually.


What we do?

In order to address the above issues, the project will foster vertical coherence of country strategies and resources related to migration with local development strategies, towards bridging national and local efforts and sustaining development results. Moreover, it will strengthen capacities of pilot ten local governments (Jajce, Ključ, Laktaši, Ljubuški, Maglaj, Nevesinje, Posušje, Prijedor, Sanski Most and Velika Kladuša) to effectively incorporate migration concerns and potentials into their local development agenda and successfully manage and implement migration policy delivery, in line with the country priorities in this area. The project activities and implementation methodology are designed so as to create a blueprint for mainstreaming migration into local development, enabling its subsequent transformation into implementable actions at the local level.

Project components

  1. Outlining and mainstreaming of policies for an effective integration of migrants contributions to the country’s development into local development strategies of at least 10 LGs
  2. Strengthening of capacities of key actors at relevant governmental levels on effective migration and development mainstreaming
  3. Identifying and validating key elements of migration and development mainstreaming concept and their integration into complementary action plans of different key actors in BiH (governmental institutions, civil society organisations, associations of municipalities and cities / AMCs, private sector, migrants’ organisations)

Who Finances it?

Donor Name

Amount contributed per year



Government of Switzerland/SDC

$  175,414



Government of Switzerland/SDC

$  653,130

Government of BiH

$ 60,000



Government of Switzerland/SDC

$  147,042

(Government of BiH – Municipalities of Jajce, Ključ, Laktaši, Ljubuški, Maglaj, Nevesinje, Posušje, Prijedor, Sanski Most and Velika Kladuša)

Delivery in previous fiscal year


Geographic coverage

Project start date:
Estimated end date:
Geographic coverage:
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Focus Area
Rural and Regional Development
Programme Officer:
Adela Pozder Čengić
Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees of BiH, Government of Switzerland, relevant ministries and agencies at national and entity level, Association of Cities and Municipalities of FBiH, Association of Cities and Municipalities of RS, partner LSGUs: Jajce, Ključ, Laktaši, Ljubuški, Maglaj, Nevesinje, Posušje, Prijedor, Sanski Most and Velika Kladuša
Related Documents
  • Migration and Development: Mainstreaming the Concept on Migration and Development into Relevant Policies, Plans and Actions in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Relevant Publications
Migration in the Function of Development

Available for download in PDF


Did you know that remittances and other financial transfers from abroad reach annually BAM 3.5 billion in BiH?