The Issue of Minorities in the Balkans: Towards a Coherent System of Protection of Minorities

Acta Universitatis Danubius: Relationes Internationales. 2017;10(1):5-18


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Journal Title: Acta Universitatis Danubius: Relationes Internationales

ISSN: 2065-0272 (Print)

Publisher: Danubius University

LCC Subject Category: Political science: International relations

Country of publisher: Romania

Language of fulltext: French, English

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Ilir Zylfiu (University of Business and Technology)
Ardian Emini (Colege Universum)


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Time From Submission to Publication: 16 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

Balkan states are multi-ethnic societies. Balkans is an illustrating case in terms of how important and can often be vital for a functional political system, the representation of minorities within the political system and society. Since the 90's, with the collapse of the Communist regimes, the certain regions of Europe were involved in ethnic conflicts. Inter-ethnic conflicts threaten the stability of the relevant region and the unification of Europe. In such a situation, international institutions, involved in the conflict prevention and stopping it. They devoted special attention to the issue of minorities in respective neighbouring countries. The position of minorities plays an important role for the stability and prosperity in general. This paper is focused in the study of the position of the minorities in the Balkans. The issue of minorities in the Balkans will be treated in different historical periods, taking into account the specifics of the period. The study will have as its starting point the appearance of the issue of the minorities’ protection in the Balkans. There will be an analysis of the question when the protection of minorities is raised for the first time to higher international instances. There will be discussions on the solutions to the problems of minorities in the bilateral field. There will be a study of the engagement level of actual protection of minorities after World War II. Also, an object of the paper will also be the approach of the international community, international organizations to the position of minorities in the Balkan states. So, the paper aims to give an overview on the minorities issue in the Balkans.