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date: 19 February 2019

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This chapter examines how and why states forcibly remove citizens from specific spaces and places in the name of national development and modernization, citing historical and contemporary examples. It looks at the nature, scope, and scale of development-induced population displacement, as well as the responses of different actors, including civil society networks and the international community, to processes of internal displacement and involuntary resettlement. It also highlights weaknesses in the governance of land and resource acquisition, involuntary resettlement, compensation, and population relocation at the national and international level by states, corporations, international financing institutions, and international organizations such as the United Nations, and their impacts on the individuals and communities which are most disempowered in the development process.

Keywords: development, modernization, displacement, civil society, international community, involuntary resettlement, compensation, relocation, international financing institutions, international organizations

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