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Population redistributions based on ethnicity have defused intense rivalries in the recent past and could be a solution to the internal ethnic crises for nations such as the former Yugoslavia Currently described by the media as ethnic cleansing Population redistributions have been the focus of much controversy throughout US and world history To those affected Population redistributions can be economically and emotionally devastating It can also lead to enormous tragedies causing thousands of deaths when conducted in a brutal manner The results of various population redistributions are examined throughout this paper with the focus on the Japanese Internment camps in the US and the current crises in the former Yugoslavia There are examples of population transfers that have taken place in the twentieth century In 1923 Greece and Turkey signed the Treaty of Lausanne The two rival nations agreed to expel 150000 Greeks living in Turkey and 388000 Turks living in Greece back to their ethnic homelands Except in Cyprus where the populations remained mixed Turkey and Greece have not taken up arms against each other again After World War II eight million people of German ethnicity were expelled from their native communities in Poland and throughout Eastern Europe due to agreements made by the Allies at the Potsdam Conference Hundreds of thousands of Germans died or were killed during the transfer due to the brutal manner in which it was carried out Due to the lack of diversity and conflicting cultures the long-term results of the population transfer have ended internal ethnic problems in Poland since then Israel expelled their own settlers from occupied land which is currently the new Palestinian nation in order to bring about a lasting peace between the two former rivals After bombing Pearl Harbor Hawaii on December 7 1941 120000 Japanese and Japanese-Americans living in Oregon Washington California and Arizona were relocated They were forced from their homes and put in internment camps for their protection from the rage
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