IJCH 2017 Vol.3(4): 256-262 ISSN: 2382-6177
doi: 10.18178/ijch.2017.3.4.109

Risks and Vulnerabilities in Resettlement Induced by Highway Construction Project: A Case of Southern Transport Development Project in Sri Lanka

So Morikawa
Abstract—Building on previous resettlement models, we studied risks and vulnerabilities in resettlement process induced by the first highway development project in Sri Lanka: Southern Transport Development Project (STDP). In this paper, we report the results of the analysis on descriptive answers to questions about risks of Affected People (APs) in our interview survey. From the viewpoint of APs’ satisfaction, resettlement in STDP can be evaluated as successful resettlement, but from their answers we could observe several risks and vulnerabilities on income sources and social networks. In addition, we found that relative deprivation is an important hindrance to community integration in the new environment. We noted that flexible interpretations of vulnerability by relevant officers are necessary.

Index Terms—Land acquisition, development-induced resettlement, resettlement risks, vulnerability.

So Morikawa is with Department of Civil Engineering, the University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan (e-mail: Morikawa@civil.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp).

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Cite: So Morikawa, "Risks and Vulnerabilities in Resettlement Induced by Highway Construction Project: A Case of Southern Transport Development Project in Sri Lanka," International Journal of Culture and History vol. 3, no. 4, pp. 256-262, 2017.

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