European Institute for Asian Studies
Why Migration is Key to India's Development
  • Start12:30 PM - Jun 26 2018
  • End02:30 PM - Jun 26 2018
  • Asia Platform, Rue de la Loi 26, 10th floor, 1040 Brussels
  • 02 230 81 22
  • alberto.turkstra@eias.org

»Why Migration is Key to India’s Development«

 

A Roundtable Discussion With:

Mr Varun AGGARWAL, Founder & Lead, India Migration Now

Dr Priya DESHINGKAR, Research Director and Senior Research Fellow, Sussex Centre for Migration Research

Moderator: Mr Frédéric CARLIER, Senior Associate, European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS)

Tuesday, 26 June 12h30 – 14h30

Followed by a Networking Reception

Venue: European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS)

Rue de la Loi 26, 10th Floor, 1040 Brussels

India is a country of migrants. Available estimates peg 30 percent of the country’s population to be migrants, or over 300 million. That figure covers both internal migrants and emigrants, but is an underestimation according to academic consensus – and trends in data suggest that the numbers are increasing. Migration within India is critical to the livelihoods of many Indians, especially tribal people, socially deprived groups and people from resource-poor areas. However, because of unreliable and incomplete data, policy makers misunderstand the role of migration. There is a large gap between the insights from official data sources and those from field studies.

Large-scale migration warrants policies to address the needs of a population on the move, but policies in India assume that rural people are static. As a result, migrants face significant barriers. For instance, for the poorest households relying on government subsidies and benefits, migrating to another state results in forgoing benefits such as access to socialised housing, education and healthcare.

From an Indian – EU migration corridor perspective, well-managed migration can be beneficial to the future of both. Europe has labour markets with specific skills gaps, and India has an increasingly educated and mobile population that is looking for opportunities. It is important for policymakers on both sides of the aisle to better understand the profile and impact of migration on migrants, their source households and regions, and their destinations. The EU and India are looking to institutionalize a regular dialogue on migration through the EU-India Common Agenda on Migration and Mobility (CAMM) endorsed at the 2016 EU-India Summit, and supported by projects such as the “EU-India Cooperation and Dialogue on Migration and Mobility” project being implemented by ICMPD and the International Labour Organization (ILO).

About India Migration Now: India Migration Now wants to to make migration a key part of India’s development agenda. We want to cut through the noise that surrounds migration issues, and better quantify and understand the nature and impact of migration in India, and help make migration a beneficial choice in India. For more information please visit: indiamigrationnow.com


India Migration Now wants to to make migration a key part of India’s development agenda. We want to cut through the noise that surrounds migration issues, and better quantify and understand the nature and impact of migration in India, and help make migration a beneficial choice in India

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