But the plight of Sri Lankan refugees, who have been here for nearly 35 years, appears to have gone out of the public consciousness. Besides, statelessness is a major problem for a section of refugees whose roots are from central parts of Sri Lanka, generally called hill country. As 28,500 refugees are said to be stateless, the Sri Lankan government, in 2003 and 2009, amended its laws to enable easier repatriation. Change in status quoAt present, for both India and Sri Lanka, the repatriation of refugees does not seem to be a priority. While for India a long-standing problem would be resolved, for Sri Lanka it would be a step towards ethnic reconciliation.
Source: Sunday Times November 14, 2017 08:15 UTC