India's Internal Migrants Are 'Stateless' in Their Own Country: Report

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published Published on Oct 28, 2020   modified Modified on Oct 29, 2020

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A report by a Kathmandu-based organisation says that across South Asia, governments treat internal migrants as "human entities meant for profiteering by others".

New Delhi: While India has brought in a legal provision under the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) to fast-track the applications of non-Muslim refugees from three neighbouring countries, a recent report has called internal migrants in the country as “stateless without losing the state’s legal recognition”.

The report, published by the Kathmandu-based South Asia Alliance for Poverty Eradication (SAAPE), is titled ‘Migration in South Asia: Poverty and Vulnerability’. Focussing on both internal and external migration, the report highlighted that such a lackadaisical treatment by the government of internal migrants runs across South Asia.

“The worst response of the state responses has been to the internal migrants. They are stateless without losing the state’s legal recognition. They are either climate refugees within their countries or displaced persons without any protection from the end of the state. They are human entities meant for profiteering by others,” the report said.

The 165-page report that studied trends in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh and the Maldives, underlined that “consolidation of the neoliberal regimes and their obsession with the appropriation of resources have been pushing the internal migrants to the brink (in these countries). Malnutrition, health hazards, illiteracy and the tag of outsiders within their own countries make them run from one place to another to live a life without rights and dignity.” It added that for internal migrants, “citizenship has no meaning” in the real sense.

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TheWire.in, 28 October, 2020, https://thewire.in/rights/south-asia-alliance-for-poverty-eradication-report-migrants


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