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Bangladeshi Migrants in India: Foreigners, Refugees, or Infiltrators?

Rizwana Shamshad


In January 2011, Felani Khatun was shot dead while attempting to cross the border from India to Bangladesh. Her body remained hung on the fence as a warning to those who illegally crossed an international border. Migration to India from the current geographical and political entity called Bangladesh is more than a century old and had begun long before the nation states were created in South Asia. Often termed as ‘foreigners’ and ‘infiltrators’, Bangladeshi migrants such as Felani find their way into India for the promise of a better future. Post 1971, there has been a steady movement of people ... More

Keywords: Bangladeshi migrants, Hindutva, Ethnicity, Nationalism, Civil Society, Secularism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199476411
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199476411.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rizwana Shamshad, author
research affiliate, School of Culture, History and Language, Australian National University (ANU).