58 / 2023
Kristina Toplak

From Refugees to Immigrants: The Challenges of Slovenian Resettlement to Argentina After World War II

The author examines a historical case of forced migration that is well documented in national migration research but still lacks specific insight into the conditions of entrance for post-World War II Slovenian refugees and their settlement in Argentina. The author explores the refugee path of Bara Remec and her family, from exile in May 1945 to their settlement in Argentina in 1948. The subjective experience is juxtaposed to the official Argentinean immigration policy of that time, especially conditions of arrival and settlement, with a focus on political, ideological, and religious factors, as well as Argentina’s then-central political decision-maker, Juan D. Peron.
Keywords: refugees, immigration policy, Argentina, refugee camps, Slovenian diaspora