1st Edition

India Migration Report 2020 Kerala Model of Migration Surveys

Edited By S. Irudaya Rajan Copyright 2021
    504 Pages 53 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    504 Pages 53 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    504 Pages 53 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    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.

    1. Large Scale Migration Surveys: Replication of Kerala Model of Migration Surveys to India Migration Survey 2024

    S. Irudaya Rajan, K. C. Zachariah and Ashwin Kumar

    2. Keeping up with Kerala’s Joneses

    Balasubramanyam Pattath

    3. Remittances, Health Expenditure and Demand for Health Care Services

    C. Valatheeswaran and M. Imran Khan

    4. Remittances and Asset Accumulation among the left behind Households

    Pooja Batra

    5. Impact of Male Migrants, and their return, on Women Left-Behind: The Case of Kerala, India

    Jurany Ramirez Gallego, S. Irudaya Rajan and Arjun Bedi

    6. Socio-Economic Dynamics of Gulf Migration: A Panel Data Analysis

    Shibinu S.

    7. Why do Migrants Transfer Money? Motivations of Remittance from Emigrants

    Arya Rachel Thomas and Archana K. Roy

    8. Reintegration and Future Plans of Return Migrants

    Afsal K. and Reshimi R. S.

    9. Emigration and its Effect on the Labour Force Participation of Women in the Left-behind Household

    Roshan R. Menon and R. B. Bhagat

    10. Transnational Migration and Gender Attitudes: An Exploratory Analysis

    S. Irudaya Rajan, Ginu Zacharia Oommen, George Joseph, Syed Usman Javaid, Jennifer Solotaroff and Luis Alberto Andres

    11. Labour Migration: Decision to Migrate and Choice of Destination

    Anu Abraham

    12. Keralan in Circulation: Field Observations from Kerala and Dubai

    Kellee S. Tsai

    13. The Alcohol Paradox: Revisiting the Kerala Model of Development

    Ajit Dayanandan, M. Rajesh and George Joseph

    14. Financial cost of international migration from South India: What does data spanning three decades tell us?

    Ganesh Seshan

    15. Exploitative or ethical? Understanding the labour recruitment practices in the 21st century from Kerala

    C. S. Akhil and S. Irudaya Rajan

    16. Remittances and Overseas Migrants Economic Shocks: Evidence from Kerala’s Recipient Households after 2008 global crisis

    Eugenia Canessa

    17. Cultural Production of Narratives as Counter-Archives in Kerala Gulf Migration Studies

    Priya Menon

    18. Migration and Asset Accumulation in South India: Comparing Gains to Internal and International Migration from Kerala

    Ganesh Seshan

    19. Tracing the changing Economic Status of Kerala households: The KMS Experience

    Udaya S. Mishra and S. Irudaya Rajan

    20. The Janus-faced dilemma of Migration as Adaptation: The Impact of Rapid-onset Floods on Labour Migration in Kerala, 2018

    Jessica Li

    21. Climate Change, Migration and Development: The Aftermath of the 2018 Floods in Kerala

    S. Irudaya Rajan, Stephen Taylor and Aneeta Shajan

    22. Impact of Migration on Financial Inclusion and Local Financial System

    Jafar K.

    23. International Migration and Global Diplomacy

    Alwyn Didar Singh

    24. Emigration Governance in India

    T. K. Manoj Kumar and M. C. Luther

    25. Empowerment of Female Return Migrant Initiatives in Indonesia: Lessons for India

    Muna Yastuti Madrah, Wahyu Arif Raharjo, Ummu Syafiqah Azlan, Firman Budianto, Arokkiaraj Heller, and Antonius Maria Indrianto




    S. Irudaya Rajan is Professor at the Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India. With more than three decades of research experience in Kerala, he has coordinated eight major migration surveys (1998, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2014, 2016 and 2018) in Kerala (with Professor K.C. Zachariah), led the migration surveys in Goa (2008), Punjab (2011) and Tamil Nadu (2015), and provided technical support to the Gujarat Migration Survey (2010). He has published extensively in national and international journals on demographic, social, economic, political and psychological implications of international migration. Professor Rajan is currently engaged in several projects on international migration with the New York University, UAE Exchange Centre, India Centre for Migration of the Ministry of External Affairs and World Bank. He worked closely with the erstwhile Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, government of India; Department of Non-Resident Keralite Affairs (NORKA), government of Kerala and Kerala State Planning Board. He is currently co-chairing the working group on NORKA for the thirteenth five-year plan (2017–2022) of Kerala State Planning Board, government of Kerala, and is initiating the Kerala Migration Survey 2021, funded by the Department of NORKA, government of Kerala. He is Editor of the two Routledge series, India Migration Report (annual) since 2010 and South Asia Migration Report (biennial), and is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Migration and Development. Currently, he is the Chair of the KNOMAD (The Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development, World Bank) working group on internal migration and urbanization. He is one of the expert committee members to advise the government of Kerala on COVID-19.