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Peaceful Returns: Reversing Ethnic Cleansing after the Bosnian War

Stefanovic, Djordje, Loizides, Neophytos G. (2017) Peaceful Returns: Reversing Ethnic Cleansing after the Bosnian War. International Migration, 55 (5). pp. 217-234. ISSN 0020-7985. E-ISSN 1468-2435. (doi:10.1111/imig.12382)

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This article questions the conventional wisdom which claims forced migration is irreversible following massive ethnic cleansing campaigns, by investigating durable returns to pre-conflict home communities in Bosnia-Herzegovina. We formulate a set of novel hypotheses on the demographic determinants of return as well as on the role of social capital, nationalist ideology, integration, and war victimization. We use a 2013 Bosnian representative sample with 1,007 respondents to test our hypotheses. The findings support the expectation that gender and age have a major impact on return. Net of other factors, women and those experiencing wartime victimization are less likely to return. Older Bosnians with positive memories of pre-conflict interethnic relations are more likely to return than younger persons or those with negative memories. Finally, ethnic Bosniacs are more likely to return than ethnic Croats or Serbs. More nationalistic internally displaced persons (IDPs) are less likely to return.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/imig.12382
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations > Conflict Analysis Research Centre
Depositing User: Neophytos Loizides
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2017 08:03 UTC
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2019 04:09 UTC
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