Migrant Workers in Globalising India

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Hindi heartland states have accounted for a major share of total interstate migrants in India. Delhi and Mumbai continue to be the most significant metropolitan centers attracting migrants.

Abstract: Contrary to the widely held anticipation that post-reforms economics would give rise to significantly higher levels of migration within India, the initial post-reforms period did not witness a massive increase in the extent of migration. The 2001-2011 decade however, sees a substantial increase.

The author is a Professor of Economics at the Centre for the Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University. deepakmishra@mail.jnu.ac.in. The article should be cited as Mishra D.K., 2019. Migrant Workers in Globalising India,  Geography and You, 19(27): 4-10

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According to the International Organisation of Migration, emigration is defined from the perspective of the country of departure—the act of moving from one's usual residence to another country so that the country of destination effectively becomes his or her usual residence.

A cycle of migration by the same person between two or more countries is known as circular migration. It is temporary in nature and mainly undertaken for study or work.

Deportation is an act to force someone to leave a country, especially someone who has no legal right to be there or who has broken the law.

Repatriation is a personal right of a refugee or prisoner of war to return to their country of nationality under specific conditions laid down in various international and human rights instruments as well as in customary international law.

Diaspora is a large group of people with a similar heritage or homeland who have moved out to places and countries all over the world.

A cross border and internal monetary transfer by the migrants remittances are primarily personal money transfer or business payments. The term ‘remittance’ is derived from the word ‘remit’, which means ‘to send back’. Remittance refers to an amount of money transferred or sent from one party to another, usually overseas.