1. Various of European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson arriving at Lipa migrant camp and talking to local officials
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Ylva Johansson, European Commissioner for Home Affairs:
"I wanted to come here personally to visit the camp, to meet with migrants, to meet with the people who work here from the UN organisation, from the Bosnian Herzegovinian authorities and the local authorities, to see with my own eyes and hear their own voices. Because I was very concerned about the humanitarian crisis in December, right in the middle of the winter, with the lack of the Bira camp and the closing of the Lipa camp. It is very good now that the situation has improved a lot, but still more needs to be done, and there needs to be proper new reception centre being set up here together with money from the European Commission."
4. Johansson speaking to a migrant through a translator surrounded by journalists
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Ylva Johansson, European Commissioner for Home Affairs:
"I am going to Sarajevo as well to talk about the high expectations that the European Commission has on Bosnia and Herzegovina when it comes to strategic reforms in this area. Migration is one of the 14 prioritised areas where we need to see improvements and I would talk to them about the necessity for sharing the burdens with all parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina. There should not be a few cantons left alone to deal with this. It has to be a national obligation to manage migration and also the need to set up a proper governance, to have the proper procedures in place, to have the political strength to actually manage migration in an orderly way."
The European Commissioner for Home Affairs spent Thursday in a refugee camp in Lipa, Bosnia, as part of her visit to discuss migration management with the country's top officials.
Ylva Johansson is expected to hold talks with government officials in Sarajevo on Friday to see where further improvements can be made on migration management and setting up "a proper governance".
The living conditions of migrants stuck in Bosnia have somewhat improved after the country's military erected tents and allowed several humanitarian organisations to regularly distribute supplies.
But in the makeshift camp of Lipa, near Bosnia's northwest border with EU-member Croatia, the lack of running water and adequate medical care has lead to cases of scabies and other sanitation-linked illnesses.
The camp was gutted by a fire last December leaving around 1,000 people without shelter, while local authorities around Bosnia refused to provide them with alternative accommodation.
For weeks after the fire, migrants in Lipa were left to fend for themselves despite the freezing weather, prompting the European Union to sharply criticise Bosnia's neglect.
Under pressure, Bosnian authorities sent in the military to erect heated tents in which hundreds of migrants are now crammed.
Migrants come to Bosnia with the aim of reaching Croatia before moving on into Western Europe.
Many have complained about violence at the hands of Croatian police, and being pushed back at the border, which is illegal under international refugee law.
Bosnia has been widely criticised in recent years for mishandling the arrival of thousands of people, many fleeing war and poverty.
The politically unstable and impoverished Balkan country is still recovering from its own war in the 1990s.