Ethnic cleansing is the use of force to separate and segregate and often try to force certain ethnic or religious groups within a community to leave, sometimes outright deporting them forcibly. Generally driven by racism and other forms of prejudice as well as politically opportunistic factors, the term was coined during the Yugoslavia civil war of the 1990s but applies equally to a number of other conflicts.
 Official definition
Although there is no actual legal definition of the term, there is a working semi-officially used one. Ethnic cleansing is defined as:
a purposeful policy designed by one ethnic or religious group to remove by violent and terror-inspiring means the civilian population of another ethnic or religious group from certain geographic areas- Report of the Commission of Experts Established Pursuant to United Nations Security Council Resolution 780
 Ethnic cleansing vs. Genocide
While sometimes used interchangeably by the media, authors, and others; genocide means the attempted extermination of ethnic, religious, or minority group by murdering them. Ethnic cleansing often more refers to forced deportation, although methods are indeed often violent and lead to deaths. Some academics consider to genocide to be a subset of "murderous ethnic cleansing." However, in common discourse the terms are often synonymous.
- Before the "final solution" began, the moving of Jews into camps was non-genocidal ethnic cleansing (it didn't last long)
- Edward I expelled the Jews (who can never catch a break) who were living in England, 1290
- The Indian Removal Act, which became law in the United States on May 26, 1830
- South Africa May 11, 2008
 Video game
There is, believe it or not, a video game titled Ethnic Cleansing in which one takes the role of a skinhead or klansman and kills minorities.