Recent decades have witnessed an enormous increase in the number of internally displaced people (IDPs) in South Asia. These are the people who have been forcibly displaced due to violence, war, natural disasters or development projects. The vulnerability of IDPs is compounded because, unlike refugees, they are confined to the state within which they were forced to migrate, and do not get the international legal protection that international refugee laws provide for refugees. This paucity of legal mechanisms to govern their rehabilitation and care in South Asia has added to the gravity of this humanitarian disaster.This volume presents a comprehensive analysis of the phenomenon of internal displacement in the light of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement. It does this through detailed case studies of seven countriesIndia, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Burma and Afghanistan. It examines various legal and administrative practices prevalent in these countries in terms of care, protection and justice. By highlighting the gender dimension and combining a political perspective with a close study of international and national legal norms and administrative practices, the contributors provide a comparative understanding of internal displacement in the entire South Asian region.

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