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June 28, 2016

Moving out

The Union for Sustainable Return and Integration in BiH estimates that around 80 000 Bosnian citizens have emigrated since 2013. This is based on both legal and illegal departures. The Union found that it is not solely individuals who move abroad, but that whole families are leaving their communities. Among the municipalities with the most departures are Sanski Most, Zvornik, Bijeljina, and Brcko. In the last two years, for example, the Union reports that 2300 familieshave left Sanski Most. (more details)

Source: Foundation Heinrich Böll


April 11, 2016

Emigration Drains Herzegovina of Bosnian Croats

Bosnian Croats from Herzegovina in the south of Bosnia are emigrating in large numbers and are not planning to come back any time soon. According to the Union for Sustainable Return and Integration, UZOPIBIH, which has monitored emigration in Bosnia since 2013, the situation is particularly grave in Canton 10, in the southwest of the country.
Source: Balkan Insight


February 3, 2016

Sustainable Return: A Guarantee for Stability and Integration in Bosnia-Herzegovina

This paper analyzes the importance of the return process and sustainable integration of returnees for reconciliation in post-war Bosnia-Herzegovina. With Annex VII of General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia (Dayton Peace Agreement, or DPA), refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) were ensured they could return to their pre-war homes. One obstacle for returnee families is in education – ethnically biased curricula increase divisions between groups. Source: Balkan Diskurs (Author: Tomaž Kravos)


January 20, 2010

Return of Refugees and Displaced Persons - World Report 2010

The return of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) to their areas of origin continues to decline. During the first six months of 2009 the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees registered only 191 returns by Bosnian refugees and 110 by IDPs. As of June 2009, more than 117,451 Bosnians were registered as internally displaced (including 7,500 in collective centers): 66,215 in Republika Srpska (almost all ethnic Serbs), 50,468 in the Federation (90 percent Bosniaks and 10 percent Croats) and 768 in the Brcko district. There are no reliable estimates of the number of refugees outside Bosnia.

Source: Human Rights Watch, World Report 2010 - Bosnia and Herzegovina, 20 January 2010, available at: [accessed 31 January 2010]






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