Bru-Reang Refugee crisis

Part of: GS Prelims and Mains I and II – Social/Wefare issue; Refugee issue; Human Geography – Ethnic tribes 

In news: 

  • Non-­Brus of Tripura have proposed six places for settling the displaced Brus from Mizoram. 
  • They also proposed the State government to set a limit for the number of families to be accommodated.  

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Who are Brus? 

  • Brus, also known as Reangs, are ethnically different from the Mizos, with their own distinct language and dialect and form one of the 21 scheduled tribes of Tripura. 

Do you know? 

  • Displaced Bru tribals from Mizoram are living as refugees in Tripura since 1997.  
  • In 1997, roughly half the Bru population fled to Tripura, following violent clashes with the Mizo population. 
  • Recently, the union home ministry finally inked the tripartite pact which now paves the way for these displaced Bru tribals from Mizoram to permanently settle in Tripura. 
  • The Brus–spread across Tripura, Mizoram and parts of southern Assam–are the most populous tribe in Tripura. 

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