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Boğaz (Boghazi in Greek) is a village in the Famagusta district of Cyprus, located seven kilometers northeast of Trikomo/Yeni İskele and immediately southeast of Monarga/Boğaztepe. The name means “strait” in Turkish. There is no record of its existence in the Ottoman census of 1831, indicating that the village was developed after that date. The village began to be recorded in the censuses after 1911. According to Jack Goodwin, when it was founded it was called “Boghaz Trading Stations.” After 1963 it also hosted a Greek Cypriot National Guard military camp. Prior to the 1974 war Boghaz was also increasingly becoming a popular summer resort for Greek Cypriots. The settlement had a hotel and some summer houses built in the vicinity. 
Historical Population

As can be seen from the chart above, Boghaz was established as a mixed village. The Turkish Cypriot portion of the population fluctuated between 2% and 47%. The reason for this fluctuation could be attributed to those seasonal workers employed in the trading station mentioned above. According to the census records, the majority of Turkish Cypriots left the village after 1931. The reason for this movement needs to be studied further. After 1931, the total population of the settlement considerably declined, too. In 1960, this village was predominantly inhabited by Greek Cypriots (88 Greek Cypriots and 2 Turkish Cypriots).


All of the village’s inhabitants were displaced in 1974. They fled in August 1974 from the advancing Turkish army to the southern part of the island. Currently, like the rest of the Greek Cypriot refugees, the Greek Cypriots of Boghaz are scattered throughout the island’s south. The displaced population of Boghaz could not be estimated, but the 1973 micro census put the village’s Greek Cypriot population at 108.

Current Inhabitants:

Most of the village’s current inhabitants are displaced persons from the Larnaca district in the island’s south. During the last ten years, many middle-class Turkish Cypriots from cities such as Nicosia and Famagusta or returnees from England have also bought property and built houses here. The 1996 census put the population at 100, but with more recent development in the area that number has increased, so that the 2006 census shows a population of 295. Since the early 1980s the village has been incorporated into the Trikomo/Yeni İskele municipality.


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