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Vatican newspaper recalls massive forced migrations of 19th, 20th centuries

Catholic World News - July 19, 2012

The Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano has drawn attention to a ugly historical phenomenon of the 19th and 20th centuries: forced migration.

In the century that began with the Crimean War (1853) and ended with the death of Stalin (1953), an estimated 30 million were forced from their homes, the Vatican newspaper reminds readers. “It was probably the largest non-voluntary exodus in history.”

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