Institute for Social and Economic Change

Working Paper: 260

Tibetans in Bylakuppe: Political and Legal
 Status and Settlement Experiences

Tunga Tarodi



This paper discusses the laws and regulations governing refugees in India in general and the Tibetan refugees in particular. In this context, it describes the actual practices in two Tibetan settlements in Karnataka. The paper highlights the ways in which Tibetans have Negotiated the restrictions they face as refugees in India and created enabling conditions in exile. The discussion reveals the shortcomings of the current protection framework and the necessity of a national legislation on refugees.

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