Chapter 8: Discrimination and immobility in Slovenia
They erased us from the register of permanent residents. They put us in the central register – in this register you can find the people who are dead. This data goes to the archives. This is the end.(D.R., interview with the author, Maribor, 15 June 2004) This chapter investigates the ways in which restrictive citizenship laws deprived tens of thousands of residents of the right to freedom of movement through the cancellation of their residency status. It describes the processes by which more than 25,000 former Yugoslav citizens were deleted from the Slovenian State Register in 1992, were stripped of their acquired rights and subsequently became known as ‘erased persons’. Beginning with a brief review of Slovenia’s political transition from the late 1980s to the present day, it describes how political elites and the national media channelled public opinion against ‘Southerners’ from the former Yugoslavia in order to reposition Slovenia as a European state outside the Balkans. This in turn created new social categories of citizen and non-citizen. The following section examines the facts of the erasure before introducing the empirical findings that explore the processes of forced alienation, the loss of residency and mobility rights, and the way in which the concept of erased person has been constructed. Perceptions of erased persons are examined through personal testimony and official discourse.
You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.
Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.
Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.
Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.