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Genocide and displacement

Migration A–Z

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  1. Bridget Conley-Zilkic and Ariana Berengaut

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm247

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

How to Cite

Berengaut, B. C.-Z. a. A. 2013. Genocide and displacement. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

Abstract

The realities of genocide are as old as human history and intimately tied with mass displacement. Genocide, the intentional destruction of entire civilian populations, invariably produces large-scale numbers of refugees. Flight occurs as an early warning sign for genocide when persecution prompts individuals to flee; as a component of the assaults, where direct forced expulsions – or what is now referred to as “ethnic cleansing” – are undertaken in concert with widespread killing; and as a long-lasting legacy when groups fear returning to places where they might remain vulnerable to genocidal attacks.

Keywords:

  • crimes against humanity;
  • racism;
  • humanitarian intervention;
  • war;
  • political asylum