WHY PEOPLE WERE FORCED TO LEAVE THEIR HOMES:
In 1951 the Tibet Autonomous Region came under the control of People’s Republic of China. Although part of the Chinese state, the government of Tibet and Tibetan social structure remained largely in place in the Tibet Autonomous Region until the 1959 Tibetan uprising, when the Dalai Lama fled into exile and after which the Government of Tibet was dissolved.
The Tibetan government in exile is based in Dharamsala, India, and the worldwide exile population is estimated at approximately 128,014: India 94,203; Nepal 13,514; Bhutan 1,298; and rest of the world 18,999 (Demographic Survey of Tibetans in Exile 2009, by Planning Commission of Central Tibetan Administration)
Under the 1990 Immigration Act, 1,000 Tibetans living in exile in India, Nepal and Bhutan were chosen, via a Tibetan lottery, to receive U.S. visas. In 1993, Vermont became one of 25 resettlement sites in the United States. However, unlike other immigrants who came to Vermont as refugees, the Tibetans were deemed “displaced persons” and hence received no financial support from the U.S. government. Instead, Vermonters had to create a private nonprofit, Burlington’s Tibetan Resettlement Project, to help them get established.
TIBETANS IN VERMONT
Website for Tibetan Association of Vermont
Community association representing Tibetans in Vermont.
Video: Tibetan Association of Vermont 2012 - Footage of Events with Commentary
Video clips from the associations most important events aimed at raising awareness of the conflict in Tibet and calling for Tibet’s autonomy.
Seven Days Article: Burlington-Area Tibetans Reflect on Life in Exile
Burlington-area Tibetans reflect on life in exile.
Burlington Free Press Article: Dalai Lama's visit is a dream come true for Vermont Tibetan community
Article on Dalai lama’s visit to Middlebury in 2012
GENERAL BACKGROUND INFORMATION ABOUT TIBET
International Campaign for Tibet
All about Tibet from the International Campaign for Tibet
Humanity in Action Article: 'One Home One Dream': Exploring Tibetan Diaspora in New York City
Article on Tibetan immigration to the United States since the Tibetan diaspora. Addresses the issue of Tibetan identity and “citizenship,” even though Tibet is not a formally recognized state by the UN.
The Office of Tibet
The official agency of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Tibetan Administration to the Americas