Natalija Vrecer

Human Costs of Temporary Refugee Protection: The Case of Slovenia

Asylum on a temporary basis has a long history; however, it became wide spread especially after the collapse of ex-Yugoslavia (Goodwin-Gill 1996). Many Bosnian refugees, and later refugees from Kosovo, were protected temporarily. As both groups of refugees went into exile in a foreign country in great numbers (an estimated 1.2 million Bosnians and 900,000 refugees left Kosovo), the response of the host countries in dealing primarily with the immediate needs of refugees, providing mainly food and shelter, seemed logical. It seemed logical during the initial arrival period to the host country, but not as a long-term solution. My claim is that temporary refugee protection in the case of ex-Yugoslav refugees inefficiently replaced long-term durable solutions and thus considerably lowered the quality of the lives of refugees…
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