The year 2023 marks the centenary of the Treaty of Lausanne, which ended the Greco-Turkish War, legalizing past expulsion of both Greeks and Turks, and initiating the so called “population exchange” between Greece and Turkey. The treaty became also – by amending the Treaty of Sevres – the ultimate peace treaty to end the First World War.
The Questions to be discussed are: How strongly are these historical incidents and experiences of migration inscribed in the memory and identity of successive generations co-creating the European community? How differently do forced and ‘voluntary’ migration (and its consequences) inscribe themselves into collective memory, in what respect, and why is there a difference in memory at all? Does the memory of migration divide or unite the memorating groups, and is the answer to this question dependent on whether the migration is forced or ‘voluntary’?