Why Do People Migrate? Part 1: Facts

Mixed migration Yugoslav case


Term mixed migration narrowly was explained in the 1990s during the Yugoslav wars. At that time majority of highly skilled people from Yugoslav countries, especially from Serbia and Bosnia have moved to the countries of EU through asylum refugee status. Many of them were not directly affected by the war.

Still, 3% of all migrants during the 2014 and 2015 who have asked asylum in Germany were Serbs. However, these are economic migrants because Serbia is considered as a safe country. On the other hand, some people feel like their human rights are violated and by Geneva convention, they should be protected as refugees.

At the moment, Serbia is facing with the brain drain. The majority of young people what to move to the EU, for better education, job opportunities and what they call "normal life". However, they cannot have a legal status until they are employed and speak German fluently. Since Serbia is not a part of the EU, Serbian youth has a long journey ahead. Europe is creating and keeping the OTHER constantly.

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