Migration # Population

Migration Paradox: Misrepresentation of Duration in Census Data

The percentage of migrant population in India has gone up from 30.1 per cent in 2001 to 37.64 per cent in 2011 as per the recently released data from Population Census (Fig. 1). The growth rate of migrants has jumped from 35 per cent during 1991-01 to 45 percent during 2001-11.The rise is noted both for men and women; in rural as well as urban areas. A rise is seen also in the number of migrants moving across the states, which has grown by 30 per cent compared to the population growth of less than...


Populous Areas of the World | A study of migration and misery

Population is a more serious issue than generally construed. The managing of populations can become a serious inflection point as can be seen building up in the recent Rohingya crisis in Myanmar. Frequently, discrimination against communities have been placed in religious and ethnic terms, which can be site-specific. However, Saskia Sassen, professor of sociology at Columbia University, US, places the context of the current turmoil on a more fundamental concept – land. Sassen says that recent...

Migration # Population

The Indian Stance on International Refugees

In view of the present quandary in the world due to the ongoing crises in South Sudan and Syria, the humanitarian importance of the World Refugee Day, June 20, stands validated more than ever before. The observance of the World Refugee Day was started at the behest of the United Nations from 2001 to commemorate the abject distress faced by the forcefully displaced persons and raise awareness about their situation worldwide. As per the Global Trends Report on Forced Displacement in 2016 published...

Magazine Articles # Migration | VOL. 13, ISSUE 81, November-December 2013

Regional pattern of temporary labour migration in India

Temporary labour migration is a survival strategy of the rural poor in India—more prevalent in the country’s northern and eastern states. However, intra state differences exist with pockets of poverty even within prosperous states, from where socially and economically disadvantaged groups migrate. The phenomenon calls for effective social protection programmes to augment the inadequate livelihood opportunities and negligible access to health care for temporary labour migrants.

Migration | VOL. 11, ISSUE 69, November-December 2011


People move in and out of places every day and have done so throughout human history. This short essay outlines the pattern of migratory movement and reflects an ever changing India. About 29 per cent of India’s population are migrants, which impacts tahe cultural landscapes in ways that often lasts well beyond lifetimes.

Magazine Articles # Migration | VOL. 10, ISSUE 58, January-February 2010

Understanding Migration

Migration is probably a more important element in determining population structure and change in an area than fertility and mortality. Its study however poses many problems as the subject is prone to definition complexities especially in the global context.

Magazine Articles # Migration | VOL. 10, ISSUE 58, January-February 2010

Women, Work and Migration: Global Perspectives

Most research on female migrant employment concentrates on two female dominated sectors: domestic work (cleaning and care) and the sex industry. The presence of skilled women in migratory streams is often ignored. This paper presents some research on skilled migrant women and suggests that as with less skilled migrants, their movements too are shaped by family relations and social networks.

Migration | VOL. 10, ISSUE 58, January-February 2010

The India Migration Report 2009

Traditionally the cost of ‘brain drain’ has been the financial loss of investment in education and the skill loss to the country when highly educated Indian workers migrated and settled abroad. Conversely, the primary benefits are seen to be the monetary remittances, the transfer of technology, and the return migration of those Indians further educated and experienced abroad. Consequently, the wheels of perception in India have moved from ‘brain drain’ of the 1960-70s to ‘brain bank’...

Migration | VOL. 10, ISSUE 58, January-February 2010

India’s Internal Migration

The rapid transformation of the economy, improvement in the levels of education, transport and communication facilities, shift of workforce from agriculture to industry and service activities have provided a new impetus to India’s mobility patterns.