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Replacement Theory

June 14, 2022

The Great Replacement (also known as replacement theory) is a white nationalist far-right conspiracy theory that believes white populations are being demographically and culturally replaced with non-white peoples through mass migration, demographic growth and a drop in the birth rate of white Europeans. With his 2011 book Le Grand Remplacement, French author Renaud Camus popularized the theory and stirred alarm among racists. This conspiracy theory found support in Europe, and has also grown popular among anti-migrant and white nationalist movements in the United States as well as other places. Many adherents maintain that "immigrants [are] flocking to predominantly white countries for the precise purpose of rendering the white population a minority within their own land or even causing the extinction of the native population.”