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Yugoslavia: Update to Response to Information Request YUG28599.E of 6 January 1998 on whether an ethnic Serb born in Bosnia-Herzegovina who currently resides in the Republica Srpska there, and who obtained a Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY) passport (in which the serial number in the first page commences with "BHA") at a FRY consulate outside Bosnia in 1993, has had the right to enter and reside in the FRY since 1993, and whether such a person has been a citizen of the FRY since 1993

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 1 January 1998
Citation / Document Symbol YUG28661.E
Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Yugoslavia: Update to Response to Information Request YUG28599.E of 6 January 1998 on whether an ethnic Serb born in Bosnia-Herzegovina who currently resides in the Republica Srpska there, and who obtained a Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY) passport (in which the serial number in the first page commences with "BHA") at a FRY consulate outside Bosnia in 1993, has had the right to enter and reside in the FRY since 1993, and whether such a person has been a citizen of the FRY since 1993, 1 January 1998, YUG28661.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6abba50.html [accessed 16 December 2017]
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A letter sent to the Research Directorate on 15 January 1998 by the counsellor of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in Ottawa states:

A person of Serbian nationality, born and living in Republica Srpska, cannot permanently take up residence in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (further in the text FRY) if he/she is not a citizen of the FRY. The passport issued by a FRY's consulate abroad is not an immediate proof that its holder has also the citizenship of the FRY. Yugoslav diplomatic-consular missions have issued passports to the citizens of the former Yugoslav republics, despite the fact that they are not citizens of the FRY, out of solely human[itarian] reasons.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate 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.

Reference

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Ottawa. 15 January 1998. Letter sent to the Research Directorate by the counsellor.

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