Close, yet far: Sri Lankan refugees in India 2012
Over 68,000 Sri Lankan refugees live in 111 camps spread across 24 districts of Tamil Nadu. Additionally some 32,000 Sri Lankans live outside the camps. Living conditions in the camps are precarious; houses are poorly constructed and water and sanitation facilities are limited. Moreover refugees face significant challenges in accessing employment opportunities.

Since 2002, the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) has provided € 4.7 million to assist refugees living in the camps.
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