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    Integration of Refugees and Restoration of their Dignity

    Until recently, it seemed that Croatia had forgotten that not so long ago it was home of internally displaced persons and refugees from other countries as a result of the Yugoslav wars. However, several years ago, a major “wave” of refugees came to Europe and suddenly migration became an everyday topic again. We found ourselves […]

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    The Status of Romani in the Republic of Macedonia

    Macedonia is the only state where Romani community is officially recognized as a nation. The Romani in Macedonia are part of the constitution: they have their own representatives in the police structures and parliament. They own Romani radio, TV stations and a self-governing district with officially recognized Romani language. Despite the obvious difficulties encountered by […]

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    New Media as a New Form of Political Activism?

    Obama´s presidential campaigns, the Arab Spring and “Cinque stele” movement in Italy, share a common denominator; internet. However it has been difficult to assess its impact. Due to its non-monolithic nature, we could say that an important part of these successful stories was achieved through the major internet based social media such as Facebook, Twitter, […]

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    We Are Tolerant But You Will Not Get Your Rights!

    The importance and respect of human rights of LGBT groups across Europe significantly rise, yet many LGBT members still face difficulties in some European countries, especially in the former socialist countries that have been going through the EU accession process since 2004. `I am grateful for the Hungarian homosexual community for not exhibiting the provocative behavior against […]

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    A Society of Knowledge and Inclusion: The Integration of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian Children in Kosovo

    Despite the various regulations in defense of children’s rights within Kosovo legislation, Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian children are affected by low integration levels, experiencing early school abandonment and high drop-out rates. Firstly, a glimpse over the profile of the three communities is provided. Secondly, the major obstacles to educational integration are reported. In order to […]

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    The Representation of Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Polish Online Weeklies

    Poland is one of the few EU states to maintain its ethnic homogeneity and one of the least willing to welcome ethnic diversity that the refugees represent, with more than half of Poles opposing taking in refugees. Additionally, the newly-elected government is known for its anti-immigrant rhetoric. From a theoretical standpoint, we have to first clarify the definition […]

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    Nationalist Politics and Human Rights Violations of Ethnic Minorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Dayton Peace Agreement was signed in 1995, and stopped the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Constitution, as the highest legal act is a part of the Agreement (Annex IV of the Agreement), was never ratified nor approved in the Parliament. It has many obstacles, mainly towards violations of others. Constitution recognizes only three constitutive […]

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    Are All the Citizens of Serbia Polyglots? Reporting of Serbian Online Media on Croatian, Bosnian, Montenegrin and Bunjevac language(s)

    Nationalism is a negative spiritual category, because it lives on denial and by denial. We are not competing to reach our own maximum, but to outplay Them−similar to us and yet so different; They are the reason we started the game. Danilo Kiš (1935-1989) While in the former Yugoslavia the official language was Serbo-Croatian, the […]

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    The Paradoxical Nature of the Contemporary Romanian Anti-Semitism

    Although this year Romania celebrates 27 years since the „triumph of the democracy” and the fall of the Communist regime (since the 1989 events) and also 9 years since the EU integration, the democratic behaviour still seems to be difficult to assimilate for quite a large part of the Romanian citizens. Of course, a lot […]

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    The Effects of Wartime Serb Migration on Multiculturalism in Vojvodina

    Multiculturalism in Vojvodina Vojvodina, the northernmost province of the Republic of Serbia, has long been seen as “a bastion of democracy and multiculturalism in Central and Eastern Europe”, or this image has at least been upheld when presented to the outside world by Serbian politicians. And indeed, throughout the violent 1990s, when Serbia was directly […]

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