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Displacement and ExileThe State-Refugee Relations in India$
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Abhijit Dasgupta

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199461172

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199461172.001.0001

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Three Decades in Exile

Three Decades in Exile

Sri Lankan Tamils in India

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Displacement and Exile

Abhijit Dasgupta

Oxford University Press

In this chapter the state–refugee relations have been examined in the context of repatriation of refugees to Sri Lanka on two occasions: in 1987 after the signing of the Peace Accord between India and Sri Lanka, and in 1991 after the assassination of the former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. The issues relating to policing and surveillance have been discussed with reference to women migrants in refugee camps. And finally, state policy for the incarceration of refugees in special camps has been analysed. This chapter examines the inconsistent policies of the Indian state towards the Tamil refugees.

Keywords:   repatriation, LTTE, camps, local politics, IDPs, Indian Foreigner’s Act, 1946, migrants to the Middle East, special camps, resistance, third-country asylum

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