Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Spatial dimensions of conflict-induced internally displaced population in the Puttalam District of Sri Lanka from 1980 to 2012
by Waidyasekera, Deepthi Lekani, M.A., The University of North Dakota, 2012, 137; 1534343
Abstract (Summary)

During and after the Sri Lankan civil conflict of 1983-2009, the island's Internally Displaced Population (IDP) became a key constituency requiring the central government`s attention. Thus, it is important to ask: What are the spatial dimensions and socio-economic implications of Sri Lanka's Puttalam District IDPs? Archival and contemporary sources from various disciplines were utilized when reviewing the literature and revealed widely divergent opinions about the historical geography and the current initiatives regarding IDPs. The research study's mixed method approach combined qualitative and quantitative techniques. Data collection extensively relied upon secondary sources from the Sri Lankan government and the United Nations. The findings emphasized the importance of security in migratory movements, especially repatriation, of IDPs for 1990, 2002, 2011, and 2012; significant social transformation also was noted. Recommendations relevant to Sri Lanka were developed concerning community reconciliation and redevelopment which are useful to other sovereign states with IDPs.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Munski, Douglas C.
Commitee: Hansen, Devon A., Rakow, Lana F.
School: The University of North Dakota
Department: Geography
School Location: United States -- North Dakota
Source: MAI 51/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Geography, South Asian Studies, Demography
Keywords: Conflict, Internally displaced population, Puttalam District, Sri Lanka, Sri Lankan civil conflict, Sri Lankan ethnic groups
Publication Number: 1534343
ISBN: 978-1-267-93818-3
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