Battling Life in Exile: An exploratory study of Burmese Refugee in Delhi

Author:   Vani Kakar
Publisher:   GRFDT
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The primary aim of the paper is to understand the experience of being a “Burmese Refugee” in India. This study explored reasons for leaving Burma, experience of fleeing, difficulties faced in India, sense of loss and trauma, and achievements of refugees in the host country. It also examined the extent of salience of being a refugee and acculturative stress experienced by the Burmese Refugees. In addition, the focus has also been to explore if the refugees from Burma have had the opportunity to continue their education in exile. Length of stay and the role of gender were also assessed in studying the experience in exile. The tools administered were the Semi-Structured interview, “Who Am I” method, Acculturative Stress Scale for International Students (1950), Beck’s Anxiety Inventory, Beck’s Depression Inventory, and  Semi-Structured interviews.

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