Journal article

'At least you're the right colour': Identity and social inclusion of Bosnian refugees in Australia

V Colic-Peisker

Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2005


This paper explores the Australian resettlement of the largest recent refugee group, Bosmans. It is argued that Bosnians (and other ex-Yugoslavs) were Australia's preferred humanitarian immigrants during the 1990s because of their European background (based on social-cohesion and 'resettlement-potential' arguments) and because of the presence of ex-Yugoslav communities in Australia which were expected to support newly arrived refugees during their early resettlement (the 'community argument'). The 'whiteness'/'Europeanness' of Bosnians enabled them to remain largely 'invisible' in the country they perceived as 'white Australia' and to initially claim an 'insider status'. For many people, how..

View full abstract