India Migration Report 2020 examines how migration surveys operate to collect, analyse and bring to life socio-economic issues in social science research.

With a focus on the strategies and the importance of information collected by Kerala Migration Surveys since 1998, the volume:

  • Explores the effect of male migration on women left behind; attitudes of male migrants within households; the role of transnational migration and it effect on attitudes towards women;
  • Investigates consumption of remittances and their utilization; asset accumulation and changing economic statuses of households; financial inclusion of migrants and migration strategies during times of crises like the Kerala floods of 2018;
  • Highlights the twenty-year experience of the Kerala Migration Surveys, how its model has been adapted in various states and led to the proposed large-scale India Migration Survey; and
  • Explores issues of migration politics and governance, as well as return migration strategies of other countries to provide a roadmap for India.

The volume will be of interest to scholars and researchers of development studies, economics, demography, sociology and social anthropology, and migration and diaspora studies.

chapter 1|22 pages

Large-scale migration surveys

Replication of the Kerala model of migration surveys to India Migration Survey 2024
ByS. Irudaya Rajan, K. C. Zachariah, Ashwin Kumar

chapter 2|32 pages

Keeping up with Kerala’s Joneses

ByBalasubramanyam Pattath

chapter 3|17 pages

Remittances, health expenditure and demand for healthcare services

ByC. Valatheeswaran, M. Imran Khan

chapter 5|23 pages

Impact of male migrants and their return, on women left behind

The case of Kerala, India
ByJurany Ramirez Gallego, S. Irudaya Rajan, Arjun S. Bedi

chapter 6|16 pages

Socio-economic dynamics of Gulf migration

A panel data analysis
ByS. Shibinu

chapter 7|11 pages

Why do migrants transfer money?

Motivations of remittance from emigrants
ByArya Rachel Thomas, Archana K. Roy

chapter 8|15 pages

Reintegration and future plans of return migrants

ByK. S. Afsal, R. S. Reshmi

chapter 10|27 pages

Transnational migration and gender attitudes

An exploratory analysis
ByS. Irudaya Rajan, Ginu Zacharia Oommen, Syed Usman Javaid, George Joseph, Jennifer Solotaroff, Luis Alberto Andres

chapter 11|24 pages

Labour migration from Kerala

Decision to migrate and choice of destination
ByAnu Abraham

chapter 12|25 pages

Social remittances of Keralans in neoliberal circulation

ByKellee S. Tsai

chapter 13|15 pages

The alcohol paradox

Revisiting the Kerala model of development
ByAjit Dayanandan, Rajesh Many, George Joseph

chapter 14|12 pages

Financial cost of international migration from South India

What does data spanning three decades tell us?
ByGanesh Seshan

chapter 15|13 pages

Exploitative or ethical?

Understanding the labour recruitment practices in the 21st century from Kerala
ByC. S. Akhil, S. Irudaya Rajan

chapter 16|26 pages

Remittances and overseas migrants’ economic shocks

Evidence from Kerala’s recipient households after the 2008 global crisis
ByEugenia Canessa

chapter 18|33 pages

Migration and asset accumulation in South India

Comparing gains to internal and international migration from Kerala
ByGanesh Seshan

chapter 19|13 pages

Tracing the changing economic status of Kerala households

The KMS experience
ByUdaya S. Mishra, S. Irudaya Rajan

chapter 20|13 pages

The Janus-faced dilemma of Migration as Adaptation

The impact of rapid onset floods on labour migration in Kerala, India, 2018
ByJessica Li

chapter 21|22 pages

Climate change, migration and development

The aftermath of the 2018 floods in Kerala
ByS. Irudaya Rajan, Steve Taylor, Aneeta Shajan, Lisa Hardisty

chapter 23|11 pages

International migration and global diplomacy

ByAlwyn Didar Singh

chapter 24|22 pages

Governance of emigration today

ByT. K. Manoj Kumar, M.C. Luther

chapter 25|10 pages

Empowerment of female return migrant initiatives in Indonesia

Lessons for India
ByMuna Yastuti Madrah, Wahyu Arif Raharjo, Ummu Syafiqah Azlan, Firman Budianto, Arokkiaraj Heller, Antonius Maria Indrianto