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'We are not new citizens; we are East Timorese': Displacement and labelling in West Timor

Damaledo, Andrey


Upon their arrival in West Timor, Indonesia, in late 1999, displaced East Timorese were identified as 'refugees' by the UNHCR. When they decided to stay they were considered 'ex-refugees' by the Indonesian government. As they moved on to integrate themselves within the local community, they were called 'new citizens'. This paper examines the way displaced East Timorese were labelled and how they responded. It argues that these externally constructed categories have denied the agency of the...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: RIMA: Review of Indonesian and Malaysian Affairs


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