Does the passing of time affect the rights of displaced people wishing to return to their property? Is there a difference between those returning the day, or a week, after a forcible eviction and those who still seek to return after many years? If so, how does this impact the rights of Palestinian refugees? These were the questions running through my mind as I reviewed the material collected from case studies across the world and over the history of forced displacement during the past sixty years. The answer to all three questions, it seems, is both yes and no. This study examines nine cases of reparations to refugees and displaced people and concludes that while many rights endure, over time new rights also emerge which complicate a resolution of forcible eviction.