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Sri Lankan Tamils in India

The law unfortunately excludes nearly 100,000 Sri Lankan Tamils, who are an ethnic minority, including about 60,000 in camps in southern Tamil Nadu state, according to the home department. Most of these refugees are Hindus or Christians whose forefathers were born in India.

While many of them would like to return to Sri Lanka, repatriation has been slow because there is limited assurance on homes and jobs. A lot of them had their properties seized during the civil war.

In Tamil Nadu, the refugees get free education, health care, rations and a modest allowance but they have limited access to jobs and cannot get official documents. The decision to exclude some marginalized groups from the CAA is very scary and disturbing. It even warranted the United Nations to condemn the Indian Government for such a discriminatory bill.

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