Supporting the operationalisation of the temporary reception center for migrants Lipa

Project completed

Migrant reception centres in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) do not have sufficient capacities; more than a thousand migrants are without shelter. They squat in empty houses and forests, leading to tensions with the surrounding local communities. Switzerland contributes to international efforts to support the BiH government in providing decent reception capacities for 1,500 people in Una-Sana canton, where most of the migrants are stranded. This helps to improve the authorities’ capacity to manage migration and to reduce conflict potential.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Democratic participation and civil society
Migration generally (development aspects and partnerships)
01.10.2021 - 30.06.2022
CHF  300’000
Background Since 2018, more than 80,000 migrants and asylum seekers have passed through the country. The Lipa emergency tent camp, opened to accommodate up to 1,000 single men sleeping rough, caught fire in December 2020, destroying almost all existing infrastructure.  As a result, hundreds of persons were left in harsh weather conditions without shelter and access to basic assistance. The Government of BiH has decided to build a new temporary reception centre in Lipa for the accommodation of families/women, unaccompanied minors and single men. It is expected to be operational before winter. The additional accommodation will reduce the risk of a humanitarian crisis that occurs every winter. Fewer migrants outside the camps will reduce tensions between migrants and the local population and alleviate security and epidemiological concerns.
Objectives To support authorities in BiH to assume their responsibility in migration management and to provide increased access to dignified reception facilities for migrants and asylum seekers in transit in BiH. As a result, the tensions between migrants and the local population in the host communities heavily affected by migration are reduced.
Target groups
  • The Ministry of Security/Service for Foreigners' Affairs
  • 1,500 migrants
  • Government and citizens of the Una-Sana Canton, as public order will be improved and public health risks reduced.
Medium-term outcomes Migrants have access to protection and assistance services and do not have to live in makeshift camps on the streets.

Expected results:  

  • ·The electricity which enables functioning of the temporary reception centre is connected to the municipal power grid.
  • Critical sections of the internal road network that enable the supply of the centre are asphalted.


Results from previous phases:  

  • Geodetic survey and geological examination
  • Ground and concrete works
  • Procurement of containers, repair and transportation
  • Purchase of bunk beds and mattresses
  • Construction of secondary water & sewage network
  • Construction of secondary electricity network

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Project partners Contract partner
United Nations Organization (UNO)
  • International Organisation for Migration

Other partners
International Organisation for Migration (IOM)
Coordination with other projects and actors
  • European Union
  • Austrian Development Agency
  • Austrian Ministry of Interior
  • Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
  • Council of Europe Development Bank Ministry of Security/Service of Foreigners’ Affairs
  • Local communities
Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    300’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    300’000 Total project since first phase Budget inclusive project partner CHF   5’483’000
Project phases

Phase 1 01.10.2021 - 30.06.2022   (Completed)