Labour Migration in India: Perspectives for Practice

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Internal labour migration is an overwhelming reality that underscores India’s developmental landscape. Millions of people are on the move across the country in search of a livelihood and adequate means of survival. While migration opens up new vistas of work and employment and creates new opportunities for many, it also pushes people into unequal and highly exploitative work regimes. 

On one hand, migration gives people an exit from issues that ail a rural society (such as agrarian distress and caste violence). On the other, migration reconfigures its own methods of exploitation. In such a scenario, what has migration meant to the migrants themselves? What do different patterns of migration really tell us about the changing nature of work and about migration itself? Can rapid urbanisation and the growth of cities become a beacon of hope for labour migrants? What can one say about the distressed condition of rural and agricultural areas in the country, and their role in spurring the exodus from India’s countryside? What is the nature of impact of migration on rural and urban areas? 

Despite bring widespread, migration is poorly understood as a socio-historical, cultural and economic phenomenon. There is indeed a compelling need to build a critical understanding of migration from different vantage points, locating migration at the cusp of changing nature of work, market and state interventions. Keeping in view these realities and contradictions that surround labour migration,we offer short course for development practitioners in collaboraiton with Aajeevika Bureau, Udaipur.

Course offering

With this course, you will have an opportunity to 

  1. Critically analyse the dynamics of internal labour migration in India as a contemporary social and economic reality.
  2. Explore theoretical frameworks and empirical knowledges on labour migration.
  3. Examine the interface and disconnect between policy and developmental landscapes using a migrant’s lens.

This course is open to mid-career and senior professionals who work on around topics of migration, urbanisation, informality, agrarian transformations and labour questions. It is open to people interested in learning about migration in India. All applicants must possess a working knowledge of English. Applicants will be shortlisted based on their written applications and telephonic interviews.

This is a rigorous seven-day programme including participation, self-learning and assessment. Those who participate in the course on all days and submit required assessments (one prior to the course and the second during the course) will receive a Certificate of Participation jointly from Azim Premji University and Aajeevika Bureau.

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