Scattered but connected: Karen refugees' networking in and beyond the Thailand-Burma Borderland

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Abstract

The cross-border movements of Karen people in search of asylum have been taking place sporadically in the Thailand-Burma borderland since the late 1940s. Unlike the focus of most existing literature on the refugees inside a particular refugee camp, this paper examines how refugee camps are connected, the key roles played by a central camp and a nearby town in linking the refugee camps, and how linkages extend to both sides of the Thailand-Burma borderland. Findings from the study reveal that although the Karen live a precarious life in refugee camps, they devise and maintain connections with refugees in other camps, and with people beyond the boundaries of refugee camps. This study suggests that being a refugee does not necessarily connote spatial incarceration. Paying attention to the mobility of refugees gives a better understanding of their lives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263-285
Number of pages23
JournalAsian and Pacific Migration Journal
Volume21
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Demography
  • Geography, Planning and Development

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