International Migration and Ethnicity: The Case of Nepalis
in Northeast India

By Lusome Raman

Migration from one place to another has brought about the inter-mingling of different people, languages and cultures. While in some case, this intermingling of ethnic groups have brought great prosperity; in most cases it has brought ethnic conflicts. North East region of India is considered the hotbed of ethnic conflicts in the recent times. Keeping this in view, the present paper studies the Nepali community and their migration to the region. The Nepali speaking people, who represent Nepali community, makes one of the largest ethnic groups of the population of North-East states. The paper brings out the irregularities observed in the estimation of international migration in the region on the basis of the two definitions used in Census of India.

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