Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: April 25, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963879 | Print ISBN: 9781412926942 | Online ISBN: 9781412963879| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
According to the U.S. Department of State, approximately 107,000 Bosnian refugees had arrived in the United States by the year 2000. Bosnians fled their country of origin following the war that tore apart the former Federation of Yugoslavia, beginning in 1993. The resettlement experience varied for Bosnian Americans, depending upon their personal characteristics and human capital and the receptivity of their host communities. This entry looks at their background and U.S. experience. Bosnia-Herzegovina, a nation of 3.8 million people according to 2007 estimates, is commonly known as Bosnia, and was one of six republics comprising the Federation of Yugoslavia. Bosnia reflected the multiethnic composition of the larger region and appeared to be both the most ethnically diverse and the most tolerant of the republics. More than 30% of all marriages in Bosnian cities in the 25-year period before the war may have been mixed marriages between Bosnian Croats, Bosnian Muslims, ...