Serbian Refugees in Tunisia during WWI Cover Image

Српске избеглице у Тунису током Првог светског рата
Serbian Refugees in Tunisia during WWI

Author(s): Samir Chemi
Contributor(s): Branka Bošnjak (Translator)
Subject(s): Civil Society, Military history, Political history, International relations/trade, Pre-WW I & WW I (1900 -1919), Migration Studies
Published by: Institut za strategijska istraživanja
Keywords: Serbia; Tunisia; Bizerta; Gabrijel Alapetit; World War I; refugees; military personnel;

Summary/Abstract: After initial successes against its opponent, Serbian army was forced to withdrew and leave its country. Final destinations of evacuation from Albanian shores were island of Corfu, Marseille in France and Bizerta in Tunisia. Some 18.000 Serbian refugees and military personal arrived to Tunisia in 1916 where they stayed for three years before they recovered and returned to their country. Some 2.500 of them died and were buried in Tunisia. Arrival of such a large number of people carried different risks from contagious diseases and possible epidemics among locals to organization of everyday life in refugee camps and hospitals. Different cultural background, habits and expectations both of refugees and locals have put a lot of pressure on French colonial authorities in Tunisia.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 69-85
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Serbian