new economic zones

new economic zones
   the barren places to which opponents were exiled
   They were too busy there trying to stay alive to cause trouble, or they starved to death.
   In this way the victorious Communist Vietnamese sought to eliminate potential dissidents who were unable to get hold of a boat:
    Vietnam's 'New Economic Zones' (in fact areas of internal exile where many starve and perish)... (Daily Telegraph, February 1980)

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