|A brief history of population displacement in the former Soviet Union.
Link to previous lesson: In lesson 1, the students would have noted that the movement of people, in certain situations, occurs in both directions, eg. people fled from Armenia to Azerbaijan, as well as from Azerbaijan to Armenia. In this double lesson, the students will read about how the multi-ethnic composition of the CIS states came about, and the tensions between the ethnic groups that contributed to the mass migrations.
Development: Students read the article "Population displacement in the former Soviet Union" and answer the accompanying questions, including filling in a table that shows who were the people forcibly moved, where they were forced to migrate, and where the current generation of each group are now moving, either voluntarily or involuntarily.
Kyrgyzstan's First Lady, Professor Mairam Akaeva, handing out passports to Tajik refugees in a ceremony in April. © UNHCR
Bohdan Nahaylo, "Population displacement in the former Soviet Union", Refugees, no. 98, 1994, p. 3-8