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Dukhobors in Georgia : a study of the issue of land ownership and inter-ethnic relations in Ninotsminda rayon (Samtskhe-Javakheti)

Doukhoboren in Georgien : eine Studie zum Thema Landeigentum und interethnischen Beziehungen im Rayon Ninotsminda (Samtskhe-Javakheti)
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Lohm, Hedvig

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Corporate Editor European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI)
Abstract 'This working paper is the result of a fact-finding fieldwork mission conducted in August, September and October 2006 in the Ninotsminda rayon (district), in the Samtskhe-Javakheti region of Georgia. It is based on 70 interviews with local inhabitants, authorities and other related parties as well as legal documents and analytical articles. The intention of the paper is to analyse the current situation in the multi-ethnic rayon of Ninotsminda. Special attention is given to the conditions of the Dukhobors, a Russian ethno-religious group that has inhabited the Ninotsminda rayon since the 1840s. Currently, the future existence of the Dukhobor community is in jeopardy. This paper will work to explain why. A background to Dukhoborian history in Georgia will be provided, as well as a short socio-economic overview for readers who are not familiar with Samtskhe-Javakheti in general and Ninotsminda in particular. In addition, a number of acute problems that have recently arisen for the Dukhobor community in the village of Gorelovka will be accounted for. The paper will also provide recommendations for future actions.' (author's abstract)
Keywords population; land law; village; property; developing country; ethnic relations; ethnic group; community; landed property; living conditions; minority; Middle East; Georgia; ethnic conflict; USSR successor state; post-socialist country
Classification Migration, Sociology of Migration
Method empirical; qualitative empirical
Document language English
Publication Year 2006
City Flensburg
Page/Pages 44 p.
Series ECMI Working Paper, 35
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
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