Map Of Tibet
This map of Tibet was hand drawn following the historical boundaries of the nation of Tibet. Many officially recognized maps show the boundaries of the Tibetan Autonomous Region established by China, and do not recognize the nationhood of Tibet. This map of Tibet uses the boundaries in place when Tibet was still recognized as a sovereign nation worldwide, including large sections of Amdo and Kham provinces excluded in the T.A.R.
This project is intended to provide information about population numbers of Tibetan people in Tibet, in a way that makes it easier to understand and remember than tables of statistics.
Many people have heard the number 6 million given as the total Tibetan population. This was published widely starting around 40 years or more ago. New information has not been easily available. The population has changed over time of course, in particular the Chinese government has enacted policies encouraging Chinese people to move into Tibet in large numbers, which has displaced and marginalized Tibetan people in their own land, economically and culturally.
I am a native of Tibet, living in Vermont, USA.
Tibetans have fled their homeland ever since the Chinese occupation began in 1949. They were the vicitims of many kinds of suppression and subjugation from the beginning, so Tibetans have left Tibet to escape the threat of violence or death, to escape religious persecution and suppression, and enforced poverty through discriminatory economic and social policies in Tibet under Chinese occupation. Tibetans have also left Tibet to live closer to their spiritual and temporal leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Tibetans have refugee status in India, and established various refugee settlements there. Tibetans have also been granted refugee status in many other countries, including the USA, and Tibetan people and communities can be found all around the world. Approximately 150,000 Tibetans live outside Tibet.