HELSINŠKE SVESKE №08: Minorities and Refugees In Vojvodina Cover Image

HELSINŠKE SVESKE №08: Manjine i izbeglice u vojvodini
HELSINŠKE SVESKE №08: Minorities and Refugees In Vojvodina

Author(s): Vladimir Ilić
Subject(s): Civil Society, Evaluation research, Social differentiation, Nationalism Studies, Inter-Ethnic Relations, Ethnic Minorities Studies
Published by: Helsinški odbor za ljudska prava u Srbiji
Keywords: Serbia; Vojvodina; NGO; minorities; refugees; nationalism; radicalization; ethnicity; financial standing; inequality; mind-set;
Summary/Abstract: Presence of over half a million refugees and displaced persons in Serbia is a palpable and live criticism of our recent national program and its implementation. Their fate demonstrates that the nation is not homogenous, that there are no common national interests, but rather different goals with different price tags. It bears stressing that the price paid by the aforementioned population groups was the highest one. Conduct and fate of refugees and their choices, if any, in a drastic way indicate disastrous failure of the idea of annexation of so-called Western Serb countries to the ethnic Serb state. In those terms they are the most convincing critique of domestic nationalism, for they indicate consequences thereof better than any other population groups. If one is to believe different facts and figures, more than three fourth of refugees and displaced persons until recently wanted to stay in Yugoslavia, and only one fifth expressed their wish to return to their homes. Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia through its continuing project "I want to go home" helped a sustained return of a large number of refugees, in the face of inertia and political obstacles in several involved countries. Moreover the NGO through this survey tried to look into ways of future return of refugees and displaced persons from Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo.

  • Page Count: 60
  • Publication Year: 2001
  • Language: Serbian