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To Address their Concerns | Source: Frontline

IN 2014, the Organisation for Eelam Refugees Rehabilitation (OfERR), a Chennai-based non-governmental organisation, brought together a cross section of the Tamil refugees in the various camps in Tamil Nadu for a collective representation of their fears, concerns, experiences, aspirations and hopes. It held 17 rounds of discussions spread over nine months. The consultation process helped the refugees to analyse a range of options before them—remaining in Tamil Nadu, emigrating to a third country, or returning to Sri Lanka. S.C. Chandrahasan, chairman of OfERR, said: “During the consultations, it became clear that the refugees recognised their right to return home as one of the solutions but had a range of concerns.