Genocide and displacement
Published Online: 4 FEB 2013
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The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration
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Berengaut, B. C.-Z. a. A. 2013. Genocide and displacement. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .
- Published Online: 4 FEB 2013
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.
- crimes against humanity;
- humanitarian intervention;
- political asylum