Refugee: The Bosnian War

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By definition, a refugee is “a person who flees for refuge or safety, especially to a foreign country, as in time of political upheaval, war, etc.” (“Refugee”). Immigrants have been coming to America for hundreds of years as refugees. Most recently, the Syrian refugees have been struggling to find safety here in America. Another case of many people immigrating to America due to times of crisis is during the Bosnian war. These two circumstances have many similarities, including why the two people groups came to America, and the controversy behind both circumstances. The background of these people groups helps pave the way for the similarities of the two. The Syrian war has been going on for over five years. Currently, the death toll is over …show more content…
This war was the result of the country Yugoslavia breaking up. Part of the country, the Bosnian-Serbs, wanted to remain with the greater part of Serbia, so a group of rebels attacked the capital of Bosnia after the country declared its independence (“The War in Bosnia and the Moral Dilemma of Refugees”). This act of protest is what sparked the fire in Bosnia. The Bosnian government was also well known for genocide. Many people describe it as the worst display of mass murder since the Holocaust in Nazi Germany. The death toll in Bosnia was approximately 100,000 people in 1995. (“Bosnian Genocide”). Bosnia was the third largest refugee people group, with around 109,000 refugees in America (“Coming to America: the 5 biggest refugee groups of the last 20 years”). Many Bosnians still remain in America today, working and providing for their families, but some were not able to escape Bosnia and the horror that was the Bosnian …show more content…
The Bosnian and Syrian people groups are very similar in the reasons they wanted to come to America, and the controversy behind their journey. Both the Syrians and the Bosnians were driven out of their country by war. With the background given, it is obvious that the circumstances were enough for many people to make the journey to America from both countries. As stated before, there are approximately 18,007 Syrians in the United States (“Syrian Refugees in the United States”). These refugees were driven out by the civil war happening currently in their country. The Bosnian person count is up to 109,000 (“Coming to America: the 5 biggest refugee groups of the last 20 years”), and they also were driven out by civil war. Both groups wanted to bring their families to America to provide a better life they could not achieve in their home countries. Both countries have had acts of genocide throughout the wars, many people saying Bosnia was the worst act of mass murder since the Holocaust in Nazi Germany (“Bosnian Genocide”). Finally, there can be a considerable amount of controversy when it comes to foreign people entering a country. In the Syrian’s case, the controversy has been splayed all around the internet, and furthermore, is easily one of the most displayed crises of this decade. Bosnia was also a huge controversial topic of its time. In 1992, the internet was not as prevalent as it is today, but news of the Bosnian war

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