Geografie 2009, 114, 89-104

Successful returns of Bosnian refugees to their homes: statistics versus reality

Ondřej Žíla

Katedra sociální geografie a regionálního rozvoje Přírodovědecké fakulty Univerzity Karlovy v Praze, Albertov 6, 128 43 Praha 2, Czechia

The contemporary ethnic and demographic situation remains essentially affected by the process of the so-called forced migration caused by the war conflict in the 1990’s. The aim of this study is to analyse interpretation of success rate of Bosnian refugees repatriation on the basis of an analysis of component statistical materials issued by international organizations and local authorities and its comparison with the reality using in-field investigation. This method (comparing of statistic data and reality) can help as the only possible way (because of absence of any statistical census – the last one was carried out in 1991 before the disintegration of the Yugoslavia Federation) to give more general characteristics of the current ethno-demographic situation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and to evaluate the rate of the so-called minority return.


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