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Since 1983, more than 1 million Tamils have left Sri Lanka. They have gone to countries around the world, including Canada, US, UK, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Denmark, Norway, South Africa, India, and Australia. Many fled under dire circumstances and sought refugee status in their adopted lands. Many fear to return.

A census has not occurred in the North East since 1981, but an estimated 3 million Tamils remain. Of those, an estimated 1 million are displaced internally.

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