March 2017  



Migration is a widely employed survival strategy among the country’s youth. Much like gender, ‘age’ is a framework that facilitates, constrains and ultimately contours migrant experiences. Youth migration is a challenging and neglected phenomenon. Young migrants face many challenges particular to their age and yet little attention has been given to young migrants and young people affected by migration in the debate on migration. Youth constitute a valuable human capital resource base for India. With a high percentage of its population below the age of 30, and a projected labourforce expansion of 95 million by 2020, India is uniquely positioned to reap the benefits from its demographic dividend. This profusion of young people also represents a potential demographic dividend that can be garnered by destination communities through human capital investments and strong integration policies.


1. Provision and Delivery of Services to Inter-State Migrants in Hyderabad

A brief overview into the working of Yugantar in the area of service delivery and the mechanism adopted for the welfare of migrant communities in Hyderabad. The organization functions in the delivery of three social services-financial services, health systems and skill development. The organization has been engaged with welfare activities involving factory workers and those working in commercial establishments like shops and hotels.

2. Empowerment of Migrant Workers for their Sustainable Livelihoods Bangalore, Karnataka

Sampark, a voluntary organization, was registered in 1991 under the Karnataka Societies Registration Act 1960. Sampark’s mission is to empower vulnerable and poor people, especially women, so that they can gain direct control over their lives and thereby make the desired improvements. For the last 23 years, Sampark’s emphasis has been on a direct people centered integrated livelihood approach by adopting a facilitating role, developing local leadership, and supporting several multi-pronged development projects in both rural and urban area in Karnataka. Sampark has successfully implemented projects in Koppal (rural) and in Bangalore City (urban).

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1. Decent Work, Youth Employment and Migration in Asia
Piyasiri Wickramasekara

In this paper on Decent work, youth employment and migration in Asia, Dr. Piyasiri Wickramsekara discusses migration trends and issues concerning young people in a region hosting more than 60 per cent of world’s youth population and one third of the global number of young migrants. He first outlines some methodological issues in understanding the nexus between decent work, internal and international migration, and causes of youth migration pressures. Subject to data constraints, he highlights the profile of young Asian migrant workers, their working conditions and protection issues in major destination countries.

2. Rural Youth and Internal Migration
Decent Rural Employment Team

Overall, there is a general lack of reliable and comparable data on internal migration which does not allow to fully comprehend the internal migration patterns of youth, neither its determinants nor outcomes. Much of the available evidence is at country level and comes from case studies. For instance, the World Bank (2007) finds that more than half of the 4 million internal migrants moving across provinces in Vietnam over the period 1994-1999 were young people, with a highest migration rate within the 20-24 years old category.

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Data Hub
The data hub this month shows the total persons migrating from Assam to different states.Explore SHRAM Data Hub for more info.
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1. Discovering Our Voices: Agrasar

Women's day was celebrated with full vigor and vitality. An interactive session was facilitated by our cheerful young leader in making Sonam Singh, a Societymaker team member. The women gathered together, flipped through the pages of history of women's day celebration. We gained insights into why we celebrate it today and the root of its origin. And this we was not it, we reflected and shared instances of why we still need to celebrate such a day.


2. Workshop on ‘Labour Migration and Social Change in South Asia’
Center for Policy Research

Organised by the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) and the French Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities (CSH) as well as supported by the Tata Trusts’ SHRAMIC initiative, this workshop has been conceived as a platform for young researchers, scholars and practitioners to share their work and receive feedback from experienced and knowledgeable experts. The 15-odd papers being presented have been selected from over 70 entries in response to a call for papers in December 2016 and represent the work of young researchers across the South Asia region.



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