Protecting Housing and Property Rights of the Displaced in Georgia

  • Anneke Rachel Smit
Part of the Euro-Asian Studies book series (EAS)

Abstract

This chapter will focus on the protection of housing and property rights of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Georgia.1 Georgia suffered two ethnic conflicts shortly following its declaration of independence from the Soviet Union in 1991 — one in Abkhazia in western Georgia and one in South Ossetia on the Russian border. Both conflicts produced large numbers of displaced persons and left the regions administered by secessionist governments; however this chapter will focus mainly on the South Ossetian context.

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Europe Transportation Turkey Pier Smit 

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