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When a home providing care to the mentally disabled was damaged during fighting in Bosnia, a number of residents found shelter in Hungary. Some 17 years later, this project enabled them to return to their home country, to the renovated home.

Project dates 01/08/2009 - 31/12/2009
Total budget€55 183
EU contribution75%
Name of the entity managing the projectOffice of Immigration and Nationality

Project Description

A number of people fled to Hungary during the Yugoslav conflict in the early 1990s. This group – each of whom has a mental disability – was the only group that had been unable to return.

The project prepared the group for the return, and ensured that care would be continued once the individuals were back in Bosnia. The Hungarian and Bosnian authorities worked closely together in order to ensure that all documents were provided, that appropriate accommodation was available in the renovated Bosnian home, and to ensure the transportation of each individual’s possessions – including electronic equipment donated by various organisations.

Benefits and results

After 17 years in Hungary, 19 Bosnian citizens were able to return home to their care home in Jakes Modrica in October 2009. A team spent time preparing the individuals for their return, and ensuring that the actual journey would go smoothly. A film was made to document the project – from the preparations to the actual return.

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