Demographic evolution of Kaffir community in Sri Lanka
Kaffir community in Sri Lanka is small in number but it has its own identity. They are the descendants of migrants from African countries during the 16th century. Their settlements are concentrated in a few coastal areas in proximity to Puttalam, Negombo and Trincomalee. Major objective of this study is to explore the evolution of the Kaffir community in Sri Lanka from a demographic perspective. This study would further analyze the fertility, mortality, morbidity and migratory trends and patterns that shaped the demographic evolution of the Kaffir community in Sri Lanka. Predictions are indicating a declining trend and perhaps a possible extinction. Therefore, this situation could have a considerable impact on their existence in the future.
Hansa Jayarathne, BA: Studied Demography at University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Tutor, Department of Demography, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka