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Nearly 150,000 foreign refugees registered in Serbia-Montenegro

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BELGRADE, Serbia-Montenegro, Jun 15, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- There are nearly 150,000 foreign refugees registered in Serbia-Montenegro, as the disintegration of former Yugoslavia and following wars led to huge migrations, the UN refugee agency said Wednesday.

According to the data until May this year, a total of 141,467 refugees from Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia confirmed their status in Serbia, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Belgrade Office said in a statement.

The statement said that 40,949 of them are from Bosnia- Herzegovina and 100,518 from Croatia.

It said according to a previously announced registration, there are 6,103 Bosnian and 2,345 Croatian refugees in Montenegro.

The Serbian government said in its website that the fighting in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1990s led to huge migrations, particularly of the Serbian and Montenegrin populations, who found refuge in their mother republics -- Serbia and Montenegro.

The UNHCR statement added that some 60,000 refugees have returned to Croatia by 1996, and some 52,000 to Bosnia-Herzegovina.