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Which countries hosted the most refugees during the Yugoslav conflict?

(B2) The flow of migrants and refugees arriving today on European territory is not really the first of this kind since the Second World War. We seem to forget another refugee tragedy, which occurred in the 1990s, with the war in former Yugoslavia. With some similarities. Here again, it is Germany in the lead, Sweden and the countries of Central Europe which provide the bulk of the reception.

Germany and Austria on the front line

In July 1933, according to UNHCR statistics, the number of refugees from former Yugoslavia who had arrived since the start of the Yugoslav conflict which started at the end of 1991 in Croatia and then developed in Bosnia-Herzegovina, in the various European countries, amounted to 750.000 people. . Germany welcomes half of them, with 340.000 applicants received. Next: Sweden (92.000), Switzerland (72.000), Austria (70.000), Hungary (29.000), Turkey (20.000)…

A certain reluctance to welcome refugees

Meanwhile… in France, we are making a small contribution… A diagram produced by the French Documentation, based on UNHCR statistics, shows that between 1991 and 2006, (essentially from 1991 to 1994) France is one of the countries which the least number of refugees, both in absolute and relative figures!


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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