Bosnia

In the mid 1990s we helped hundreds of Bosnian refugees who were fleeing conflict in their homeland

Following the death of Yugoslavian President Josip Broz, commonly known as President Tito, Yugoslavia started to break up along ethnic lines. This led to the conflict in Bosnia, which raged from 1992 to 1995.

During the war, some two million people out of a population of 3.8 million were forced from their homes.

Our response

Scottish Refugee Council's Bosnian programme ran from 1992 to 1996. Several hundred Bosnians were evacuated to Scotland and we opened a reception centre in North Berwick. We worked with the refugees from their arrival at the reception centre until they were living independently in Scottish communities. 

We also led a small government-funded medical evacuation programme that brought adults and children to Scotland for specialist medical care.

Find out more about the Bosnian war

Read a country profile for Bosnia-Hercegovina on the BBC website