TROPICAL GEOGRAPHY ›› 2015, Vol. 35 ›› Issue (4): 585-591.doi: 10.13284/j.cnki.rddl.002723

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Influence of Refugees in Burma Kokang Flooded into the Border Area on China

YU Haili1,LIU Jing1,2,HU Zhiding1,2,XIONG Liran2,LI Cansong2,FU Lei2   

  1. (1.School of Tourism and Geography Science,Yunnan Normal University,Kunming 650500,China;2.Collaborative Innovation Center for Geopolitical Setting of Southwest China and borderland development,Yunnan Normal University,Kunming 650500,China)
  • Online:2015-07-03 Published:2015-07-03


The conflict in Burma Kokang Broke Out, and a large number of refugees have poured into China’s Yunnan Province border area to escape the war. The Kokang refugees entered China and live in penury. But with the help of government and the public in our country, their basic need of life was guaranteed. Although people in Kokang and people in China’s border areas, language is interlinked, live in a similar way, people on both sides almost have no estrangement. But we cannot ignore the effects caused by the influx of Kokang refugees in border areas, so as to avoid the refugee problem lead to the scourge. This study analyzes the impact of the conflict on the border areas of China through field trips, questionnaires, and interviews. The result shows that an influx of refugees has damaged border areas of bilateral trade and increased security pressure, and threatened the ecological environment, but also has brought new labor and economic source for the border area. At the same time, the government has promulgated a series of effective measures for the problem of refugees. Overall, the impact of the influx of Kokang refugees in the border area of our country is in the controllable range, and did not cause the unbalance of border area society.

Key words: Kokang Conflict, the influx of refugees, border regions, transnational nationality