Sunday, April 23, 2017
St. Louis Bosnians

Close to 130,000 Bosnians received permanent residency in USA

In the 2010 Yearbook of Immigration Statistics published by the Office of the Immigration Statistic of US Department of Homeland Security covering period from 1991 until 2010 number of Bosnians who obtained legal permanent resident status in the United States stands at 127,800.

In the decades during and after the war in Bosnia, arrival of Bosnians is highly visible through number of permanent residencies awarded to Bosnian born applicants. In the period of 1991-2000, increased migration to the States resulted in 38,800 permanent residencies awarded to Bosnians. In the decade after that number of permanent residencies more than doubled to 88,100 from (2001-2009), just to sharply drop to only 900 in 2010.

Table 50. Persons Obtaining Legal Permanent Resident Status by Country of Birth: 1981 to 2010

Number of Bosnians who arrived to United States as refugees and asylees and than obtained status of permanent residents is slightly lower than total number of Bosnians who obtained permanent residency and it stands at 119,736. Their numbers fairly match total numbers with 37,251 refugees or asylees obtaining legal permanent status in the decade of 1991-2000, while 82,258 obtained that status in between 2001-2009, with 227 refugees or asylees receiving their legal permanent status in 2010.

Table 51. Refugees and Asylees Obtaining Legal Permanent Resident Status by Country of Birth: 1991 to 2010

 The remaining 8,064 Bosnians received their legal permanent status through number of different means including marriage, family reunion and professional ties among the other reasons.

Even though it is visible that the highest number of Bosnians received their legal permanent status in the post war years in Bosnia, it is safe to conclude that most of them arrived to the United States during the war years or soon after. Number of those who are receiving legal permanent status in the United States is constantly decreasing due to the fact that all of the Bosnian refugee programs ceased to exist in the early 2000’s.

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A.Cogo

University of Missouri graduate, entrepreneur, historian, life long volunteer and lead project manager for St. Louis Bosnian. Using ideology of preserving, protecting and sharing on a mission of leaving long lived legacy of the Bosnian community in St. Louis.

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