Sri Lanka'S Diasporas

Authored by: Nicholas Van Hear

Routledge Handbook of the South Asian Diaspora

Print publication date:  December  2013
Online publication date:  January  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415480109
eBook ISBN: 9780203796528
Adobe ISBN: 9781136018244

10.4324/9780203796528.ch18

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Abstract

Sri Lanka's diaspora populations have formed as a result of a complex mix of migration since colonial times, gathering momentum after the civil war took off in the 1980s. A number of waves of emigration and dispersal may be identified which have contributed to the emergence of diaspora formations — plural because, as the ethnic divide between majority Sinhalese and minority Tamils has hardened, distinct transnational communities have emerged.

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