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Lives in exile? Perspectives on the resettlements of Sri Lankan refugees in Tamil Nadu, India

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This article looks at subjectivities and regimes of homing from a position of liminality and questions the placements dynamics displayed by Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in Tamil Nadu, India. Based on long-term and longitudinal fieldwork conducted in Keezhputhupattu refugee camp near Pondicherry between 2010 and 2023, this study analyses the experience of the refugees, which combines a “know-how” that they have developed due to a life in exile since 1983, which is linked, among other things, to a sometimes well-developed diasporic network; and a restrictive agency that has been granted to them by the Indian and Tamil Nadu authorities, which places them in a regime that is intended to be exceptional. The results of the study are significant and show how families spanning three generations may reproduce their new normalcy and negotiate their lives.
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hal-04557704 , version 1 (24-04-2024)

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Anthony Goreau-Ponceaud. Lives in exile? Perspectives on the resettlements of Sri Lankan refugees in Tamil Nadu, India. World Development, 2024, 180, pp.106629. ⟨10.1016/j.worlddev.2024.106629⟩. ⟨hal-04557704⟩
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