Burma's displaced people


With the ‘Saffron revolution’ of September 2007, Burma was catapulted into the centre of international attention. It was briefly headline news as people monitored the regime’s response and watched for hints of progress towards democracy and the restoration of rights. With little action on either front (and no visible resurgence of violence or protest), interest has since waned. This issue of FMR aims to help bring the crisis of forced displacement of Burmese people back into the international spotlight.

The feature section on Burma includes 29 articles exploring the extent of the displacement crisis, factors affecting displaced people and the search for solutions. The issue also includes 19 articles on other aspects of forced migration.

We would like to thank Inge Brees, guest editor for the Burma feature section, and those agencies that have provided funding specifically for this issue: DanChurchAid, DFAIT Canada, International Rescue Committee, UK Department for International Development, USAID (for the Burmese edition) and ZOA Refugee Care.

This issue has been published in Burmese as well as our usual four languages: English, Arabic, French and Spanish.

If you would like to receive a hard copy for your organisation, or multiple copies for distribution to partners and policy- and decision-makers, please email us at fmr@qeh.ox.ac.uk. You will need to send your full postal address and indicate how many copies you require and in which language.

We encourage you to circulate or reproduce any articles in their entirety but please cite www.fmreview.org/burma.htm

Details of future issues of FMR are at www.fmreview.org/forthcoming.htm.


 For the Forced Migration Online research guide on Burma, please go to: http://www.forcedmigration.org/guides/fmo019/