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Old 15-Apr-2013
Unhappy ‘Punjabi emigrants to UK are the worst sufferers’

Residents of Punjab who migrated to the UK during the 1950s and 1960s went with the hope of coming back after making money in the country.
Some of them also built huge mansions in their respective villages of origin to display their newly achieved prosperity abroad, but today they are the worst sufferers as they failed to root themselves there. This was expressed by Dr Steve Taylor, reader with the Department of Social Sciences and Languages, Northumbria University, UK on Thursday while delivering a special lecture
A special lecture on 'The Diasporic Pursuit of Home: A transnational Punjabi Community' was organised by the ICSSR North-Western Regional Centre, Panjab University (PU).
Dr Taylor spoke on the basis of his research on Punjabi diaspora for the past one decade, both in Punjabi villages in Doaba and Southall, Wolverhampten and New Castle upon Tyne in the United Kingdom.
He also said that, however, third and fourth generations of Punjabi diaspora born and brought up in the UK nurture no such dream of coming back to Punjab.
With the passage of time the property left behind by the earlier emigrants has slowly been slipping out of their hand as the people left behind to look after their properties are not keen to pass it back to them.
Dr Taylor said that there is a special NRI commission in Punjab dealing with such property disputes and other matrimonial acrimony. For fear of losing property, which often falls into dispute, the present generation of NRIs is now disposing of it to meet the recessional crisis in the UK.
"It is a myth that NRI money is coming to Punjab, it is other way round," said Dr Taylor.
Prof Manjit Singh, in his presidential remarks, said that diasporic Punjabis are victims of bad calculations before taking decision to emigrate. They always limited their ideas to material riches that are going to flow after emigration, never realising that the loss of social, cultural and emotional capital would be far greater than the big bucks they hoped to make.
src: indianexpress

Old 16-Apr-2013
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