- Serbian diaspora
There are currently 4.5 to 5.5 million
Serbsin diasporathroughout the world (those that are not constitutional peoples; like in Serbia, Montenegroand Bosnia and Herzegovinain this case). The Serb diaspora (commonly known as the Serbian diaspora) was the consequence of either voluntary departure, coercion and/or forced migrations or expulsions that occurred in six big waves:
# To the west and north, caused mostly by the
# To the east (
Czechoslovakia, Russia, Ukraineand across the former USSRfrom World War Iand World War II, to until the fall of Communismin Eastern Europeby the early-1990s).
# To the
USAfor economic reasons, but Serbians also migrated to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South America.
# During wartime, particularly
World War IIand post-war political migration, predominantly into overseas countries (large waves of Serbian and other Yugoslavians into the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand).
# Going abroad for temporary work as "guest workers" and "resident aliens" who stayed in their new homelands during the turbulent 1960s and 1970s (to
Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Swedenand the United Kingdom), however some Serbians returned to Yugoslavia in the 1980s.
# Escaping from the uncertain situation (1991-1995) caused by the dissolution of
Yugoslavia, the renewal of vicious ethnic conflicts and civil war, as well as by the disastrous economic crises, which largely affected the educated or skilled labor forces (i.e. "brain drain"), increasingly migrated to Western Europe, North Americaand Australia/New Zealand.
The existence of the centuries-old "Serb" or Serbian diaspora in countries such as
Austria, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Russia, Poland, Slovakia, Turkey and Ukraine, is the result of historical circumstances – the migrations to the North and the East, due to the Turkish conquests of the Balkans and as a result of politics, especially when the Communist Party came into power, but even more when the communist state of Yugoslaviacollapsed into inter-ethnic conflict, resulting in mass expulsions of people from certain regions as refugees of war. Although some members of the Serbian diaspora do not speak the Serbian languagenor observe Christianity(some Serbians are Jews, Slavic Muslims, Protestants, Roman Catholics, Eastern RiteCatholics, and atheistswho don't practice religion) or members of the overseas dioceses of the Serbian Orthodox Church, they are still traditionally regarded as Serbsor Serbians other than Yugoslavs.
Regions with significant Serb populations
erb diaspora in Australia
erbs in the United Kingdom
Serb diaspora in the United States
Rod Blagojevich(Governor of Illinois)
Mitchell Melich( UtahState Senate)
George Voinovich(US Senator - Ohio)
Helen Delich Bentley(Former MarylandCongresswoman)
Melissa Bean(US Congresswoman - Illinois)
Rose Ann Vuich(First woman elected to CaliforniaSenate)
Serb-American war veterans
Serbian-American volunteers (1917)
Serb Chetniks Rescue U.S. Pilots during WWII
Mitchell Paige(Colonel USMC)
Lance Sijan(Captain USAF)
Butch Verich(Commander USN)
Mele "Mel" Vojvodich(Major General USAF)
erb diaspora organizations
Serbian Youth League[http://www.serbianyouthleague.org Official Site]
Serbian Unity Congress[http://www.serbianunity.net/]
Serbian National Defense Council of America[http://www.snd-us.com/] (founded by Mihailo Pupinin 1914)
Serbian Council of Great Britain[http://www.serbiancouncil.org.uk/]
Serbian World Congress[http://www.serbianworldcongress.org/]
* [http://www.srbiusvetu.org Srbi u svetu] Jedinstvena baza podataka o Srbima i srpskim organizacijama širom sveta
* [http://www.youtube.com/serbdiaspora Serb Diaspora Youtube Channel]
* [http://www.mzd.sr.gov.yu/_eng/ Ministry for Diaspora Republic of Serbia]
* [http://www.suc.org/culture/library/Lopusina1/text/s13.html All Serbs of the World] by V. Grečić and M. Lopušina
* [http://www.serbworldusa.com/ Serb World USA]
* [http://suc.org/projects/Information/caucus/index.html/ Congressional Serbian Caucus in the United States Congress]
* [http://www9.sbs.com.au/radio/language.php?page=info&language=Serbian SBS Radio] Information on Serbian community in Australia.
* [http://www.teslaforum.com/ Tesla Forum of Western Australia Inc.]
* [http://www.serbstudent.com/ Australian Serbian Student Association]
* [http://www.phoenixserbs.com Serbs in Arizona]
* [http://www.laserbs.com Serbs in Los Angeles]
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