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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Assimilation, Forced

Walter Kälin

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved.date: 18 August 2022

Indigenous peoples — Self-determination — Minorities — Migrants, rights — Forced transfers or displacement — Genocide — Belligerence — Occupation

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

1 Assimilation, ie the process of absorption into a society or culture, can be understood in legal/administrative or cultural terms. Legal and administrative assimilation can be defined as imposing one’s own legal and administrative system on a foreign territory, eg a colony or an occupied territory (see also Colonialism; Occupation, Belligerent; Occupation, Pacific). Cultural assimilation describes the process of growing internalization of and participation in the culture and values of a given society, eventually leading to the cultural absorption of members of...
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