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Mia Milia is a suburb of Nicosia, located northeast of the capital city. Mia Milia means “one mile” in Greek. Goodwin claims that the village was originally called Enia Milies, meaning “nine apples.” In 1975, Turkish Cypriots renamed the village Haspolat, after a Turkish private, Mehmet Haspolat, who died near this spot on 16 August 1974 during the Turkish military offensive (Erciyas 2010: 97). The main industrial area of the pre-1974 period lies to the south of Mia Milia, and only some of the factories, manufacturing workshops or warehouses are in currently in use..
Historical Population:

Throughout the British period the village/neighborhood was exclusively inhabited by Greek Cypriots. During this period, the population growth of the village showed an upward trend, as it steadily increased from 302 in 1891 to 1,072 in 1960.


All the Greek Cypriots from this neighborhood were displaced in August 1974 as they fled from the advancing Turkish army and Turkish Cypriot Fighters from Nicosia. Currently, like the rest of the displaced Greek Cypriots, the Greek Cypriots of Mia Milia are scattered throughout the island’s south, with large pockets in the towns. The number of Mia Milia Greek Cypriots who were displaced in 1974 was around 1,200 (1,070 in 1960).

Current Inhabitants:

Currently the village is inhabited by Turkish Cypriots from areas around Nicosia who were displaced in 1963 and were later unable to return to their homes, as they had been destroyed. There are also many families from Turkey who settled here in the 1970s and 1980s, most originally from the Adana and Hatay provinces of southern Anatolia. In addition, a construction boom in the past decade has attracted many working-class and middle-class Turkish Cypriots from elsewhere, who have bought property and built houses here. Development accelerated the neighborhood’s population growth, and resulted in a rise from 1,343 in 1996 to 3,380 in 2006. In recent years, many Turkish workers in the industrial area and their families found accommodation in some of the half-derelict houses and workshops that were destroyed during the war in 1974. These migrants have established a shanty-town neighborhood in the vicinity of the Industrial area.  

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