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Tamil Migrants and their Linguistic Rights in Kerala


Sheeja Kuriyakose

Baselius College, Kottayam, Kerala, IN
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Of all the States evaluated, Kerala has taken more effective measures towards internal migrants and their needs than other States. According to the 2019 Interstate Migration Policy Index and Index compiled by Indian Migration (Aggarwal et al., 2019), Kerala is ranked first out of seven for migrant friendly policies. This article details Tamil minorities in Kerala, including a significant number of migrants who came here as labourers, plantation workers and traders. The article is not about Tamil migrants’ common problems or challenges in different spheres but about the rights they share in public with the dominant majority, based on their language. Since they are also included in the category of minority Tamils, and are eligible for all the language rights granted by the government in accordance with those granted by national and international instruments, this article argues that immigrants have rights as a minority according to international legal frame frameworks. Therefore, in consonance with their international obligations, States are expected to enact policies that safeguard their rights and thus promote their integration into the host society.
How to Cite: Kuriyakose, S., 2020. Tamil Migrants and their Linguistic Rights in Kerala. Rajagiri Journal of Social Development, 12(2), p.None.
Published on 14 Dec 2020.
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