In the midst of the worst economic crisis faced by Sri Lanka, the Tamil people living in the country's northern territory are leaving their houses and arriving in Tamil Nadu with their families as the crisis has deepened every day with growing inflation and protests. The influx of the Sri Lankan Tamils has been increasing and the Tamil Nadu government has enforced the measures to accommodate them.
According to reports, 15 more Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka have arrived in Tamil Nadu's Rameswaram in the wee hours of Monday - April 25. Tamil Nadu Coastal Police were informed about the arrival and the refugees were dropped off by a fishing boat. The coastal police had reached the spot and taken the refugees under custody. The refugees were then shifted to the Mandapam police station for further inquiry.
As the state government has been welcoming the refugees, the latest batch of arrival has been shifted to the Mandapam refugee camp after formal inquiries. So far, around 75 refugees have reached the Indian shores since the economic crisis began. The refugees include pregnant women and children. As they have been accommodated in the camp, the Tamil Nadu government has been working with the advocates with expertise in Human Rights law on providing monetary assistance and other facilities to the Sri Lankan refugees who are arriving in Tamil Nadu.
On Monday, PMK founder Ramadoss had urged the Union government to declare the Sri Lankan Tamils coming to India as refugees. In a statement issued, he said that in the wake of the dire economic situation in Sri Lanka, the number of Tamils from Sri Lanka coming to Tamil Nadu is on the rise. Referring to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin's letter to Prime Minister Modi to declare the Sri Lankan Tamils coming to the state as refugees, Ramadoss noted that no action has been taken on Stalin's letter.
Tamil Nadu currently houses over 1 lakh Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in Tamil Nadu in 67 refugee camps after the civil war had broken out in the island nation and the Government of India and the Tamil Nadu government have been providing them monetary assistance and rations. As 75 Sri Lankan Tamils have arrived in Tamil Nadu due to the economic crisis, the number is expected to rise. It must be noted that around 60 Sri Lankans who have come to India on tourist visas have announced that they will not go back to their country in light of the economic crisis.