JICA Ogata Research Institute


Working Papers

No.75 Property Restitution and Return: Revisiting the Case of Bosnia and Herzegovina

The purpose of this paper is to verify empirically whether foreign interventions concerning property restitution in Bosnia and Herzegovina were effective in promoting the return of forced migrants, both refugees and internally displaced persons. The paper reviews the activities carried out by the international community to promote restitution, and statistically confirms the role played by the occupied properties in hindering the return of refugees and internally displaced persons. We further analyze the end results of the removal of public officials by the High Representative, for the reasons of obstructing the restitution and/or the return, and present the positive impact of the removal on the restitution rate and consequently on the composition of the returnees.

Keywords: return, property restitution, Bosnia and Herzegovina, foreign intervention, quantitative and qualitative analysis

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