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Forced Migration, Staying Minorities, and New Societies: Evidence from Post-War Czechoslovakia

Jakub Grossmann, Stepan Jurajda and Felix Roesel ()

No 8950, CESifo Working Paper Series from CESifo

Abstract: How do staying minorities that evade ethnic cleansing integrate into re-settled communities? After World War Two, three million ethnic Germans were expelled from Czechoslovakia’s Sudetenland, but some were allowed to stay, many of them left-leaning anti-fascists. We study quasi-experimental local variation in the number of anti-fascist Germans staying in post-war Czechoslovakia and find a long-lasting footprint: Communist party support, party cell frequencies, far-left values, and social policies are stronger today where anti-fascist Germans stayed in larger numbers. Our findings also suggest that political identity supplanted German ethnic identity among stayers who faced new local ethnic majorities.

Keywords: forced migration; displacement; ethnic cleansing; stayers; minorities; identity; integration; Communist party; Czechoslovakia; Sudetenland (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D72 D74 F22 J15 N34 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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