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Chinese Immigration Surge Causes Loss of Tibetan Livelihood

August 9, 2010

Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
August 7, 2010

Dharamshala -- The burgeoning Chinese migrants in
Tibet, including many with criminal records, has
left native Tibetan people with no livelihood
prospects, their cultural values and social
stability in jeopardy, a report received by the
Central Tibetan Administration says.

The rapid increase in Chinese immigration picked
up pace with the onset of railway connectivity in
Tibet in 2006 and due to numerous 'development
project' initiated by the Chinese government throughout Tibet.

Moreover, since the peaceful protests of 2008,
many permanent and part time Tibetan employees
continue to face great difficulty in finding jobs
after the government evicted them from towns to
their native nomadic or agricultural villages on
charges of living without permanent residential certificates.

There is no regulation in place to check the
growing number of Chinese migrants engaging in
crime and anti-social activities. But, Tibetans
are the ones who are facing the brunt of intense crackdown and repression.

The truth about the diminishing prospects of
finding employment by Tibetans and rising
anti-social elements in Tibet is corroborated by
a survey conducted in Tsawa Dzogang County in Chamdo in June this year.

According to the survey, Chinese migrants own 249
shops and 52 restaurants in comparison to 5 shops
and 30 restaurants run by Tibetans.  There are
currently 5 brothels owned by Chinese, around 11
gambling dens run by both Chinese and Tibetans,
and 3 night clubs owned by Tibetans. The growing
surge in prostitution and gambling in particular,
pose grave threats of epidemic diseases and
rising unemployment among youngster. It also
adversely affects Tibetan cultural values and family relationships.

Mushrooming of night clubs and bars in Tibet has
detrimental impact on Tibet's social stability and cultural values.

This year, the government was reported to have
deployed 60 voluntary police personnel for
24-hour vigil around many bars in Tibet run by
Chinese mainly from Sichuan, like Sunlight
Continental Party House, which replaced picnic
parks like Chakma Lingka near Lhasa. These
attract party goers of which 93 per cent are
Chinese. On 30 July, an evening Lhasa newspaper
reported successful 'crackdown on a group of 28
criminal gangs during raids in two Chinese owned party bars.

Similarly, a group of Chinese migrants were
convicted for crime by the Lhasa Intermediate
People's Court on 18 December 2010, which
accentuates the lack of proper regulation by the
Chinese government to control anti-social
elements that negatively impact Tibetan society.
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