While Europe is flooded with thousands of refugees and migrants, when wall rise throughout the continent, seems that the Europe had forgotten that tiny Serbia, hermetically closed, isolated and kept under rigid UN overall economic and non economic sanctions, had, alone, received between 800 000 and 900 000 refugees.
While Europeans, led by Germany quarrel and bicker about distribution of 500,000 refugees from Syria, trying to justify themselves as it would make a “huge impact” on their economy; seems that EU forgot that Serbia during the nineties received nearly 900,000 refugees and displaced persons, from Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo and Metohija.
Waves of refugees who arrive each day in Europe, are treated as a threat, a danger that will sink the European Union.
The main issue is how to get the migrants to the states able to cope with these dizzying figures? But above all, let us remember our situation 90s, our numbers, capacities and opportunities.
Because of the crisis with migrants, Martin Schulz called for finding a common European solution to the situation of migrants and refugees and the implementation of a system of quotas for the distribution of refugees among EU Member States.
Schulz expressed doubt concerning the ability of Member States to achieve any success through individual measures. After the fear of thousands of refugees who are arriving daily in increasing numbers, the following plan of Brussels has been adopted: The Commission has decided that the Germany is to receive the largest number of migrants.
German economy is in need for five hundreds thousands workers in order to keep her economic rise stable. That’s why they welcomed refugees, and majority has been easily and rapidly provided with administrative licence to work.
That’s in behalf for both sides – migrants and Germany.
At the same time, due to wars, UN embargo, in 1999 after the US led aggression on Serbia ended, when Albanian islamofascists flooded Serbian province, Serbs from Kosovo i Methija were not considered refugees, but displaced persons from Kosovo and Metohija.
In 1999, tiny Serbia received and took care of more than 800,000 refugees. Still under UN embargo, sanctions, money and property blocked, Serbia as state and the people of Serbia, have managed.
Serb from Vukovar – one whole life in two bags…
Even though that number of refugees was really too large for Serbia.
However the number of refugees EU faces today is not alarming, considering how much Serbia is small, weak and economically destroyed.
Before we deal with the German problem, let’s see the situation in Serbia 90s.
After the secessionist civil wars of 1991-1995 and 1999, sparkled from outside, large number of refugees from Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Slovenia found salvation and safety in Serbia. After 1999 NATO aggression on Serbia, large number of Serbs from Kosovo Metohija was forced to flee; they came, ofetn with no property, to Serbia central, Belgrade or northern.
Since they were deployed on the territory of their own country, they were not refugees, but displaced persons.
That was a decade when endless columns of people were forced to flee into Serbia – Serbs ethnically cleansed from Croatia
Savo Strbac, chairman of the Information and Documentation Center “Veritas” believes that sounds incredible information that the same problem Serbia was forced to face all these years, EU cannot solve today.
Even though flooded with refugees, EU didn’t even think of relaxing emargo on Serbia; thus an average monthly sallary was between 5 – 10 Deutch marks. Yes, per month.
However those were the days of the largest denomination of the ex-Yugoslavia and the banknotes with nedless rows of zero were enough for a packaage of matches, or half a bread. For example:
This banknote was nominally worth 500 billion (US terms) dinara. At the time, it was virtually worthless by the time it was printed and released to the public.
That was the period when the economic output of Yugoslavia dropped 70% from 1990 to 1994. The government tried to compensate by printing more money and passing laws making it illegal for businesses to lay off employees.
On top of this, and the worst thing were UN sanctions making it more difficult to manage the economy. The result was an inflation rate that peaked at 313,563,558 % per month which comes to 851 with 78 zeros behind it.
Strbac reminds that according to the census of the Commissariat for Refugees of Serbia, which was confirmed by the UNHCR 1996, IN Serbia were:
Refugees from Croatia: 297,543,
254,326 from Bosnia,
1322 from FYRO Macedonia
3168 from Slovenia
those who did not want to respond 9916,
those who write only “Former Yu” 949,
… making a TOTAL of 566,275 – as it was listed in 1996.
After the occupation of Eastern Slavonia, Baranja and Western Srem by Croatia (EU, especially Germany supported it; meanwhile US supported ethnic cleansing and occupation of Krajina in 1995.) 1998, another 90,000 refugees arrives to Serbia.
And from Kosovo Metohija after 1999, another 230,000. had arrived to Serbia.
This means that the total of refugees tiny Serbia, under embargo, received, housed, fed was 886,275.
In Krnjaca near Belgrade in woden barracks still live people whose property and lives remained brutally captured by Croatia or Albanians.. Two years ago, UNHCR decided they ‘cannot be anymore refugees, as their status lasts for too long”;
“There were other lists and censuses, but these are the most relevant. After the war there were different situations: some went abroad, other remained in Serbia and received Serbian citizenship and thus integrate, were deleted from the refugee lists., ” said Savo Strbac.
“It is clear that Serbia is much smaller and poorer than Germany. It was a terrible situation for Serbia (then Yugoslavia), because she was tortured by wars, aggressions and sanctiions; so it was a great burden.
No matter what it was much harder for Serbia then than it is this present situation for EU.
Even today, according to the Commissariat for Refugees, there are 14 collective centers with 1,169 refugees from Krajina (today Croatia) and Kosovo i Metohija in Serbia.
All these collective centers are located on the territory of Serbia, excluding Kosovo and Metohija, while in Vojvodina, all centers for temporary accommodation of refugees and displaced have already been closed. On the website of the Commissioner it is said that it was the International community plan of the gradual closure of collective centers. Thus their number is rapidly decreasing. In 1996 there were 700, and in January 2002, there were 388 centers in which they were accommodated 26,863 persons. Today in Serbia, after almost 20 years, there are still collective centers, more than a thousand people had not yet received a decision on their further accommodation, and still living in emergency accommodation.
EU participated in destruction of Yugoslavia (Serbia), Libya, Syria, Iraq. Now it’s time to pay the costs.
I hope that one day Serbs will get damages and satisfaction as well.