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Bosnia and Herzegovina

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 29th June 2005.

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Photo of Martyn Jones Martyn Jones Labour, Clwyd South

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his assessment is of the rate of return of displaced groups to their homes in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Photo of Douglas Alexander Douglas Alexander Minister of State (Europe)

According to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees' (UNHCR) figures, the rate of return of displaced persons to their pre-war homes has dropped in the last five years, as most of those willing to return have now done so. The overall number of returns has. however, continued to increase slowly. By September last year, a million refugees and displaced people had returned to their homes, from an estimated 2.2 million displaced by the conflict of the 1990s.

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