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The history of Croatian/Serbian
Names and writing system
Croatian/Serbian today by Viv Edwards
Croatian/Serbian are spoken today by almost 20 million people - a little over 10 million in Serbia and Montenegro, almost 5.5 million in Croatia, 1.5 million in Bosnia and a further 3 million scattered across many other countries. Australia, Canada, Germany, the UK and the USA were all popular destinations for Serbian and Croatian economic migrants in the second half of the twentieth century, though numbers increased significantly following the political turmoil of the 1990s.No national statistics are available on the number or spread of Serbian/Croatian speakers in the UK. However, a survey of London school children published in 2000 ranked Serbian/Croatian as the thirty-fourth most commonly spoken language; speakers are concentrated in Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham and Westminster.