Yugoslavia: Consequences for a woman who flees the country when she is required to assist in the performance of medical tasks at a Serbian military hospital
|Publisher||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||1 October 1993|
|Citation / Document Symbol||YUG15542.E|
|Cite as||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Yugoslavia: Consequences for a woman who flees the country when she is required to assist in the performance of medical tasks at a Serbian military hospital, 1 October 1993, YUG15542.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6abe39c.html [accessed 14 March 2014]|
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The information contained in this response was received by fax from a military correspondent for VREME newsmagazine in Belgrade on 8 October 1993.
According to this source, women do not serve in the Yugoslav army as recruits and can only be employed as civilians. The idea of employing women as volunteers was reportedly dropped by the end of the eighties.
The consequences for a woman fleeing the country when she is required to provide assistance in a military hospital would depend on whether the woman in question was a military physician working under a contract or if she graduated on a military grant involving an obligation to serve with the army. In the latter case she might face a lawsuit for financial reimbursement.
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.
Military correspondent for VREME, Belgrade. 8 October 1993. Letter sent to DIRB, Ottawa by fax.