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Yugoslavia: Information on what type of information appeared on personal ID cards before the break-up of the country, on whether ethnicity appeared on any cards and, if so, on whether it could be removed or changed

Publisher Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 1 March 1995
Citation / Document Symbol YUG20148.E
Cite as Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Yugoslavia: Information on what type of information appeared on personal ID cards before the break-up of the country, on whether ethnicity appeared on any cards and, if so, on whether it could be removed or changed, 1 March 1995, YUG20148.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6abca3c.html [accessed 24 April 2014]
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The information contained in this Response to Information Request pertains to Yugoslavia prior to its dissolution in 1991.

In a telephone interview on 15 March 1995, an official at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in Ottawa provided the following information. All citizens of Yugoslavia were issued a certificate of citizenship and an I.D. card. The certificate of Yugoslavian citizenship indicated a person's nationality (for example, Serbian or Montenegrin), which corresponded to his or her parents' nationality rather than to the Republic where the person was born. If the parents had different nationalities, the nationality of the child was chosen by the parents.

The official added that the I.D. card was the standard identification document of Yugoslavian citizens. It had a picture of the person to whom it was issued, the person's name, date of birth and residence address, and a number that was unique to each person. The I.D. card did not indicate the holder's nationality. It was issued by the municipality where the person resided. The official did not provide information on whether ethnicity appeared on any other cards.

Corroborating information on the above-mentioned subjects could not be found among the sources consulted by the DIRB.

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. Please find below the list of sources consulted in researching this information request.

Reference

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Ottawa. 15 March 1995. Telephone interview with official.

Other Sources Consulted

Other oral sources.

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