Cover Osteuropa 11/2007

In Osteuropa 11/2007

The Return of Minorities
Integration in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Katrin Bergholz

Deutsche Fassung


At first glance, the return of wartime refugees to Bosnia-Herzegovina reads like a success story. According to the registers, two thirds of refugees have returned home, even if they are a part of the local ethnic minority. But contemporary investigations show that only a few actually live in the places where they are registered, because they cannot find work there and face discrimination on the part of the authorities, schools, and hospitals. The rapprochement between Bosnians, Serbs, and Croats is taking place on a personal level at best. The public sphere still consists of monoethnic blocs held together solely by the international community.

(Osteuropa 11/2007, pp. 225–240)