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Multilingual Demographic Dictionary, second unified edition, English volume

Displaced person

Multilingual Demographic Dictionary, second unified edition, English vol.
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Displaced person  (DISPLACED person)


Voluntary migration (806-1) contrasts with forced migration 1, in which individuals are compelled by public authorities to move. Repatriation 2 applies to forced return of individuals to their country of origin. Another example of forced migration is the expulsion 3 from their places of abode either of individuals or of whole groups of people. The term evacuation 4 is generally reserved for the movement of whole populations in order to safeguard them from some catastrophe, such as earthquakes, floods, operations of war or the like. A refugee 5 has usually migrated on his own volition, though there may have been strong pressure on him to migrate because his continued stay in his country of origin may have exposed him to danger of persecution. A displaced person 6 is a person who has been moved by a public authority from his place of origin. This move may have taken place as a result of large-scale displacement of population 7 or population transfer 7, or population exchange 8.

  • 2. Repatriation, n. - repatriate, v.
  • 3. Expulsion, n. - expel, v - expellee, n., one who has been expelled. The term deportation is used for expulsion of an individual person from his country of residence because his continued residence is considered undesirable by the authorities. Deportation, n. - deport, v. - deportee, n.
  • 4. Evacuation, n. evacuate, v, - evacuee, n., a person who has been evacuated.

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