Attitudes Towards Forced Displacement in West Bengal, India: To Move (Again) or Not?

  • Saumik PaulEmail author
  • Vengadeshvaran Sarma


There has been a dearth of studies on the factors that incentivize people to move, willingly, much less on those who were already forced to move. Learning from the forced displacement experiences of those in the vicinity of the Falta Special Economic Zone (FSEZ) in West Bengal, India, this study identifies factors that contribute to the willingness to (re-)move. This study uses data generated from a unique household survey administered around the FSEZ region, where people who were already forced to move and those who were not were consulted on their willingness to relocate. We find support for residential land transfer to be stronger among those with property rights, but stronger social capital and current wealth dampen it. Overall, the propensity to move and expectations for compensation are lower for those with prior displacement experiences.


Industrialization Special Economic Zones Displacement Land grab West Bengal India 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI)TokyoJapan
  2. 2.University of NottinghamSemenyihMalaysia

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