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Diaspora communities


When immigrants from South Asia settle in other countries, they often bring the caste system with them. Recent research has shown that caste discrimination is common in the United Kingdom as well as the United States.


IDSN has created an extensive database on caste-based discrimination.

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Other resources

Global Call Recommendations to End Caste Discrimination in Caste-affected diaspora states

Work and Descent-Based Discrimination in the South Asian Diaspora (Briefing paper for the UN Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, New York, 2003)

UN working paper on caste discrimination: Section on diaspora communities (2004)

The UN principles and guidelines on caste discrimination also mentions the responsibilities of states with diaspora communities: "Governments of the countries with diaspora communities where discrimination based on work and descent is practiced should take effective measures to prevent such discrimination," the document states.