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Labour Migration in India: Perspectives for Practice
Azim Premji University

Labour Migration in India: Perspectives for Practice
A 7-day course for development practitioners
May 26 - June 01, 2019 @ Azim Premji University, Bengaluru
About the course
Internal labor 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. This phenomenon opens up new vistas of work and employment, creating new opportunities for many. Yet, migration 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), but 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 urbanization 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 migration being widespread, it remains poorly understood as a socio-historical, cultural and an 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 labor migration, Azim Premji University, Bangalore, and Aajeevika Bureau, Udaipur, are offering a short course for development practitioners.
What does the course offer?

The course will explore that will explore critically, and in-depth, the debates and diverse viewpoints through which migration in India is understood and represented. The course offers an opportunity to:
  • Critically analyze the dynamics of internal labour migration in India as a contemporary social and economic reality
  • Explore theoretical frameworks and empirical knowledges on labour migration
  • Examine the interface and disconnect between policy and developmental landscapes using a migrant’s lens

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