Twenty years ago this fall, refugees from the Bosnian War began arriving in St. Louis. Last week Bosnians from across the U.S. flocked to Missouri to see their national team, a first-time World Cup qualifier, play a friendly match with Argentina. Tim Lloyd reports from St. Louis.
The St. Louis region needs more immigrants to help bolster the economy.
That was the message delivered by public officials and representatives from economic development agencies during the launch of St. Louis Mosaic Project on the same day comprehensive immigration reform cleared the U.S. Senate.
About 60,000 Bosnians live in St. Louis. That’s estimated to be more Bosnians per capita than anywhere else in the world outside of Bosnia.
Bosnians settled in St. Louis during the 1990s, after the break-up of the former Yugoslavia and ensuing war and genocide. Bosnia, or Bosnia and Herzegovina is a country in southeastern Europe, on the Balkan Peninsula.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of when Bosnians came to St. Louis and questions surrounding Bosnian cultural and national identities remain unresolved.