Serbian diaspora

Serbian diaspora refers to Serbian emigrant communities in the diaspora. The existence of a numerous diaspora of Serbian nationals is mainly a consequence of either economic or political (coercion or expulsion) reasons.

Countries with significant Serbian population and descendants.
  + 100.000
  + 10.000
  + 1.000

There were different waves of Serbian migration, characterized into:[1]

  1. Economic emigration (end of 19th–beginning of 20th c.)
  2. Political emigration (1941–47) of anti-Communist regime members
  3. Economic emigration (1960s-1980s) of mostly labourers with low-level education
  4. Political emigration (1990s) refugees of the Yugoslav Wars.

The main countries of destination were Germany, Austria, United States, Sweden, Canada and Australia.[2] Based on a 2007 estimate, there were 4.2 to 5.8 million Serbians or person of Serbian origin in the diaspora.[3] The Ministry of Diaspora (MoD) estimated in 2008 that the Serbian diaspora numbered 3,908,000 to 4,170,000, the numbers including not only Serbian citizens but people who view Serbia as their nation-state regardless of the citizenship they hold; these could include second- and third-generation Serbian emigrants or descendants of emigrants from other former Yugoslav republics who never obtained Serbian citizenship but are ethnic Serbs.[3] By continent or region, it was estimated that 2,705,000–2,765,000 lived in Europe (excluding former Yugoslavia), 1–1,2 million in North America, 130,000 in Australia, 26,000 in Africa, 20,000 in Central and South America, 8,000 in Asia, 5,000–7,000 in New Zealand, 5,000 in the Middle East.[4] There were c. 1,000 diaspora associations, registered in 191 countries.[1]

In 2014 it was estimated based on diplomatic-consular posts that the Serbian diaspora numbered 5.1 million in about 100 states.[5] The term "Serbs in the region" is used for ethnic Serbs of Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Albania, Kosovo and Hungary, estimated to number 2,120,000.[5] The latter group may or may not be included in estimates.