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Internal Migration in Contemporary India

Internal Migration in Contemporary India

First Edition
Edited by:
  • Deepak K. Mishra - Professor, Centre for the Study of Regional Development, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

May 2016 | 360 pages | SAGE India

A comprehensive analysis of the diverse experiences of migration in contemporary India.

This volume addresses the impact of migration on society, highlighting the interlinkages between individual and societal aspirations. It interrogates the role of the state and non-state agencies involved in various aspects of the life and livelihoods of migrant workers and provides a critical assessment of the policy frameworks and instruments affecting migration.

Focusing on the diverse aspects and types of internal migration, the book studies the exploitation and marginalization of migrants on the basis of class, caste, religion, gender, ethnicity and regional location in post-reform India.

Deepak K Mishra
Introduction: Internal Migration in Contemporary India—An Overview of Issues and Concerns
R B Bhagat
Nature of Migration and Its Contribution to India’s Urbanization
Meenakshi Thapan, Anshu Singh and Nidhitha Sreekumar
Women’s Mobility and Migration: An Exploratory Study of Muslim Women Migrants in Jamia Nagar, Delhi
Babu P Remesh
Migration and Marginalization: A Study of North East Migrants in Delhi
S Irudaya Rajan and Rikil Chyrmang
Labour Migration in the North East
Elizabeth Williams-Oerberg
Educational Migration among Ladakhi Youth
Migration in Agrarian Classes: A Study based on Nine Villages in Andhra Pradesh
Amrita Datta
Migration from Contemporary Bihar
Surjit Singh
Migration and Punjab: Some Perceptions
Deepak K Mishra
Seasonal Migration from Odisha: A View from the Field
Anjali Borhade
Internal Labour Migration in India: Emerging Needs of Comprehensive National Migration Policy

This Book is compilation of dense study on internal migration in the subcontinent. This book consists of eleven chapters which focus on some of the pertinent issues of our times related to migration and marginalization, women’s mobility and migration related issues in northeast India. It tries to provide a comprehensive inquiry to the diverse prospects of migration in contemporary India. This volume tries to evaluate the impact of migration or the contemporary society by linking it to individual, society and state. Starting from the role of state to the society, it tries to examine various aspects of migrant workers. It also critically looks at various policies and schemes that are affecting migration in the contemporary Indian landscape.

Author discusses the issue on the agrarian questions under globalization, uneven development along with poverty and migration and perspectives on the informal sector. He emphasizes that the interlinkages between the three aspects of economy- the agrarian context, the linkages between uneven development, poverty and migration and finally the informal economy-are crucial for understanding contemporary issues in migrations. His chapters suggests that the politics of identity and cultural anxieties have resulted in conflict between host and migrant populations. Moreover, caste, religious and racial prejudices are very much prevalent in urban labour markets. Migrants from Northeast India, Ladakh and women from various regions often face violence which restricts their freedom of mobility and employment. It also creates insecurities among them. Finally he suggests that to protect workers’ rights and save them from extreme exploitation, both state and civil society action is important and crutial.

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