The Centre for Development and Peace studies participated at the COSATT (Consortium of South Asian Think Tanks) regional conference on "Refugees in South Asia" in Kathmandu, Nepal on 2-3 May 2016. The Conference was organized by the Centre for South Asian Studies (CSAS) in collaboration with the Political Dialogue Asia Programme of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS). It was inaugurated by Justice Anup Raj Sharma, Chairman, National Human Rights Commission of Nepal and former chief justice. The Conference was attended by seven other COSATT partners from the SAARC countries, including CDPS.
The Conference deliberated on different perspectives and dimensions of the refugee issue in South Asia as a whole, and also focussed on specific cases in different countries and tried to find a means to resolve this key problem in South Asia today.
CDPS Senior Research Associate Ms. Rani Pathak Das presented a paper on “Migration in Northeast India: A Live Politico- Electoral Issue”. In her presentation she addressed the issue of Bangladeshi migration in Assam, the migration problem in Tripura and about the issue of Chakma refugees in Arunachal Pradesh. Ms Das said that apart from blocking fresh infiltration from Bangladesh, the government needs to have a comprehensive border management policy and there is need for integration and assimilation of those migrants who came before 1971.