This volume is an empirical assessment of an often-neglected space in migration research — social, psychological and human costs for both migrants and the families they leave behind — based on qualitative and quantitative research findings.
Globally, the focus of migration research has consisted of the intersections of migration and remittances. This overemphasis on remittances obscures the contributions and sacrifices made by migrants and their families. With this backdrop in view, India Migration Report 2013 documents issues such as:
• Children’s negotiation of parental migration
• Coping mechanisms adopted by women left behind
• Utilization of social networks by the elderly during a health crisis
• Demographic implications of migration
• Household management and child care by spouses of migrant nurses
• Lifestyle management by the elderly, who migrate with their children, in the absence of other traditional and familiar kinship structures
• Transition costs involved in peasant migration
• Social costs of migration in the case of emigration to the Gulf region
• Broader impacts of migration on the family
In addition, the book also includes articles dealing with nurses’ migration, skilled mobility, informalization of labour markets, mobility of women workers, global financial crisis and return migration, remittances management and a critical assessment of bilateral mobility agreements among nations to protect Indian workers.
It will be of interest to those in migration studies, sociology, law, economics, gender studies, diaspora studies, international relations and demography, apart from non-governmental organizations, policy-makers and governmental institutions working in the field of migration.
Table of Contents
List of Tables. List of Box and Figures. List of Abbreviations. Preface. Acknowledgements. 1. Children ‘Left Behind’ Negotiating Parental Migration: Preliminary Results from a State-Wide Survey S. Irudaya Rajan and Aparna Nair 2. Voice of the Parents: Left Behind Meera Balarajan 3. Ways of Ageing and the Meaning of Death: Transnational Families and Ageing Parents Shaping Intergenerational Solidarity Mathilde Plard 4. Life-Long Mobilities and its Impact on the Elderly Manja Bomhoff 5. Impact of Migration on the Elderly: The Kerala Experience K. C. Zachariah and S. Irudaya Rajan 6. ‘There is No Feeling of [Belongingness]; in India We Know Everybody’: Daily and Social Life Experiences of Older Indian Immigrants in the United States Karuna Sharma and Candace L. Kemp 7. Economic Impact of Migration on the Family: The Case of International Female Labour Migration R. S. Reshmi and Sayeed Unisa 8. Husbands’ Out-Migration and Familial Support at Origin: An Insight on Left-Behind Wives Sujata Ganguly and Sayeed Unisa 9. Adapting, Adjusting and Accommodating: Social Costs of Migration to Saudi Arabia S. Irudaya Rajan and Jolin Joseph 10. Transnational Masculinity: Indian Nurses’ Husbands in Ireland Marie Percot 11. Migration, Remittance, and Contraceptive Use in India Apoorva Jadhav 12. Peasant Migrations and Transition Costs: An Exploratory Analysis R. Vijay 13. Nurse Emigration from Kerala: ‘Brain Circulation’ or ‘Trap’? Margaret Walton-Roberts and S. Irudaya Rajan 14. Protecting Indian Migrant Workers through Bilateral Agreements and MoUs: Are They Enough? Piyasiri Wickramasekara 15. Facilitating Skilled Mobility under Preferential Arrangements Rupa Chanda 16. Capitalist Development and the Informalization of Labour Markets in India Moushumi Basu 17. Global Crisis and the Return of Indian Emigrant Workers from West Asia: Findings of a Survey of Return Emigrants in Kerala B. A. Prakash 18. Mobility of Women Workers from South Asia to the Gulf: Stakeholders’ Responses Rakkee Thimothy 19. Remittances to India: Performance, Relative Stability and Current Research Concerns Milly Sil. About the Editor. Notes on Contributors. Index
S. Irudaya Rajan is Chair Professor, Research Unit on International Migration, Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.