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Yugoslavia: Information from January 1996 to present on whether the issuance or renewal of FRY passports to ethnic Serb refugees from Bosnia and Croatia implied that the recipients of the passports have been granted citizenship status and rights in Yugoslavia

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 1 April 1997
Citation / Document Symbol YUG26544.E
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A letter sent to the DIRB on 16 April 1997 from the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in Ottawa states:

In regard to your fax from today we would like to confirm to you that the possession of the Yugoslav passport by refugees from Republic of Croatia and Bosnia, does not mean that they are citizens of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, nor that they have rights of the Yugoslav citizen.

Yugoslav passports are issued to refugees from Croatia and Bosnia out of humanitarian reasons only.

The above citation is in response to the following question: since January 1996, has the issuance or renewal of FRY passports to ethnic Serb refugees from Bosnia and Croatia implied that the recipients of the passports have been granted citizenship status and rights in the FRY?

For additional information on the above-mentioned topic, please consult pages 1110 and 1111 of Country Reports 1996, which is available at Regional Documentation Centres.

Please find attached a copy of the 1996 Yugoslav Citizenship Law.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.

References

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Ottawa. 16 April 1997. Facsimile sent to the DIRB.

Attachments

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Ottawa. 16 April 1997. Facsimile sent to the DIRB.

Yugoslavia. Yugoslav Citizenship Law. 16 July 1996. (UNHCR REFLEG database)

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