I n this final chapter I will return to some of the main findings of the study. First, the four dimensions of Tamil asylum entry into Switzerland examined through both archival and anthropological fieldwork. The four dimensions are the scale, incidence, and direction of the Tamil asylum diaspora, and the response to it. For each a number of observations have been made and are summarised below.
It has been noted that the scale of inter-continental migration from the northern-most part of Sri Lanka during the 1980s and early 1990s has been high when compared to other areas of conflict where similar migration pressures existed. Nine different explanations for the scale of Tamil migration have been discussed. In the Tamil diaspora all of these explanations, which are also conditions necessary for large-scale migration, have come together. In other situations of conflict, where migration pressures also exist, if some of these conditions are not met then the movement of people, over long distances in pursuit of asylum, is likely to be on a smaller scale. I believe that the first five conditions are the most critical and may assist planners in predicting future asylum migration flows. The nine conditions are as follows: