The effect of reverse-migration on religius and social structure in Bosnia and Herzegovina: The case of Janja

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Bursa Uludağ University, Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü, Turkey

Approval Date: 2020

Thesis Language: Turkish

Student: Dzenan Karasalihovic

Supervisor: VEJDİ BİLGİN


The town of Janja, located in the Semberija region, was occupied in the war that started in the north-east of Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1992, after which the Bosniaks were deported. After a certain period of time, in accordance with the Dayton Agreement, all immigrants were given the right to return to their homes, and thus, the mass reverse migration movement of Bosniaks to Janja began. The town of Janja is one of the most intense settlements for reverse migration. The religious and social life that was destroyed in the war was revived with this migration movement. In this context, after the concept of migration, migration theories and the effects of migration are included in the study, the effects of reverse migration are determined by comparing the old religious and social structure with the reverse migration. Relevant literature review, observation, and in-depth interviews with Janja Bosniaks were conducted to determine the effect of reverse immigration on religious and social structure.