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What Is Population Transfer?

General Reference (not clearly pro or con)
The UN Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities, in its 45th session held Aug. 2-27, 1993, contained the following definition of population transfer:

"14. Population transfer, known also by a number of synonyms, involves the movement of people as a consequence of political and/or economic processes in which the State Government or State-authorized agencies participate. These processes have a number of intended or unintended results that affect the human rights of the transferred population, as well as the inhabitants of an area into which settlers are transferred.

15. The term 'transfer' implies purpose in the act of moving a population; however, it is not necessary that a destination be predefined. The State's role in population transfer may be active or passive, but nonetheless contributes to the systematic, coercive and deliberate nature of the movement of population into or out of an area. Thus, an element of official force, coercion or malign neglect is present in the State practice or policy. The State's role may involve financial subsidies, planning, public information, military action, recruitment of settlers, legislation or other judicial action, and even the administration of justice."

Aug. 2-27, 1993 - United Nations (UN)