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Submitted by Eric Fried (Australia), Apr 13, 2008 at 05:19

Population transfer, a process in which large number of people belonging to an ethnic or religious minority is forced to leave its place of abode and move to another country, usually historically associated with its religious or cultural background, is invariably painful, traumatic and distasteful.

The examples that come to mind is the expulsion of Greeks from Turkey; the exodus of Turkish Bulgarian from the Balkans; the massive population transfer following the independence and then the partition of India into two countries. Today, the historic centers of Jewish settlements in the Muslim world no longer exist. The left en masse.

More recently the large scale forced movement of peoples from Bosnia and Kosovo, this time under the term "ethnic cleansing", took place.

The Muslims have been expelled from Europe once before, i.e. from Spain. The increased presence of Muslims in Europe, its seeming disregard for the cultural imperative of this continent and its social, economic and religious traditions, has been labeled, with some justification as Eurabianization. The process causes concern, gives rise to stereotyping, discrimination and fear. And the inevitable rise of racist extremism.

Should the process of Muslim intrusion continue without the much needed ability of Europe to assimilate or, if one finds this word offensive, to integrate the Muslims into their societies, a critical mass may be achieved. Should this happen, another massive population transfer, or, if you so wish, ethnic or religious cleansing, may very well take place in Europe. God help us all !!

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