A Critical Interrogation of the Conflict
Edited by Michális S. Michael and Yücel Vural
Chapter 7: Refugees, settlers and diasporas in the Cyprus conflict
This chapter examines three ignored facets of the Cyprus conflict: the refugee, settler/immigrant and diaspora questions. Firstly, it focuses on those communities forced to displacement by addressing their varied post-conflict narratives. While Greek Cypriots maintain their right to return, Turkish Cypriots have officially advocated for the preservation of post-conflict realities. Secondly, the chapter emphasizes the issues arising from the presence of Turkish settlers/immigrants relocated to Cyprus since 1974. It investigates why those populations have demonstrated low levels of politicization and mobilization despite marginalization and fears of relocation following a negotiated peace agreement. Finally, the chapter focuses on the Greek and Turkish Cypriot diasporas by probing patterns of cooperation and conflict beyond Cyprus, including their demand for closer engagement in the peace process. By examining the perceptions of these groups and responses to their demands, the chapter aims to provide new insights on political engagement and the reunification process in Cyprus.
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