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Researching International Migration

Lessons from the Kerala Experience, 1st Edition

By K. C. Zachariah, S. Irudaya Rajan

Routledge India

288 pages

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International migration and workers’ remittances have, of late, become a significant economic and social phenomena affecting the fortunes of millions of families in the developing countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America. Yet, the measurements and methods of analysis of their impact on the individuals, families, economy, and society have not received the attention they deserve.

A first-of-its-kind study of international migration, based on large-scale surveys across a span of 15 years of fieldwork, this book:

    • includes methods of conducting field surveys, estimating migration, and analysing migration trends, remittances, selectivity, and differentials;
    • assesses other demographic, socio-economic phenomenon, such as education, employment and women’s status;
    • provides a methodology to evaluate remittances and their influence on the economy; and
    • examines social costs of migration on those left behind — parents, wives and children — a neglected area in the field of migration.

This handbook will be invaluable to scholars and students of migration studies, demography, development studies and sociology as well as policy-makers, administrators, academics, and non-governmental organisations in the field.


A profoundly rich manual for those who see the deepening of transnational ties shaped by international migration and interested in its measurement, causes and consequences.’ — R. B. Bhagat, Department of Migration and Urban Studies International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai

‘Indisputably, this book is an authoritative treatise, which should be an invaluable resource for any researcher on migration.’ArumugamThavarajah, Former Director, Policy and Evaluation, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), New York

‘This volume is a long awaited and invaluable contribution to research methods in international migration.’ — P. M. Kulkarni, Centre for the Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

‘A significant contribution to our understanding and the study of international migration and development.’ — K. S. Seetharam, Former Adviser on Population and Development, United Nations, Bangkok

Table of Contents

Foreword K. Srinivasan. Prologue. 1. Introduction 2. Basic Concepts and Definitions 3. CDS Kerala Migration Surveys 4. Sampling Methods Followed in Kerala Migration Surveys 5. Migration: Estimation and Basic Analysis 6. Remittances: Estimation and Basic Analysis 7. Migration and Human Resources 8. Economic Impact of Migration and Remittances 9. Return Migration 10. Migration and the Elderly 11. Emigration and Women 12. Migration and Children 13. Panel Data Analysis 14. Summary. Appendices. Bibliography

About the Authors

K. C. Zachariah is Honorary Professor, Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram, India.

S. Irudaya Rajan is Chair Professor, Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) Research Unit on International Migration, Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram, India.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Minority Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General