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South Asia Migration Report 2020

Exploitation, Entrepreneurship and Engagement, 1st Edition

Edited by S. Irudaya Rajan

Routledge India

272 pages | 15 B/W Illus.

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The South Asia Migration Report 2020 documents key themes of exploitation and entrepreneurship of migrants from the region.

This volume:

• Includes dedicated fieldwork from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nepal;

• Analyses the impact of South-Asia-migrant-established businesses;

• Examines legal and legislative recourse against exploitation in destination countries;

• Factors in how migration as a phenomenon negotiates with gender, environment, and even healthcare.

This book will be indispensable for scholars and researchers of economics, development studies, migration and diaspora studies, gender studies, labour studies, and sociology. It will also be useful to policymakers, think tanks, and government institutions working in the area.

Table of Contents


S. Irudaya Rajan

1. Gendered migration and its impacts on women’s agency and resilience in Pakistan

Ahmad Shah Durrani and Ayesha Qaisrani

2. Productive vs. Consumptive Uses of Remittances by Households: An Example from Chitwan Valley of Nepal

Prem Bhandari

3. The Unequal Landscape of Remittances: The Case of Rural Bangladesh

Syeda Rozana Rashid, Mohammad Jalal Uddin Sikder and Md. Emran Hossain

4. Migration Legislation and Regulations in South Asia: An Unfinished Agenda?

Piyasiri Wickramasekara

5. Toward Mapping Employers and Clients: The Rise of Recruitment Fee Advocacy and the Need for Market Data in the Gulf Construction Sector

David Segall

6. Migrant Businesses in Saudi Arabia: Towards an Economic Sociology of Gulf Migration

Md Mizanur Rahman

7. From Environmental Disaster to Migratory Disaster: The Omani Network of Bangladeshi fishermen

Marie Percot

8. Diaspora Volunteering: A Tool for Development or a Channel for Diasporic (Re) engagement with Countries of Origin. A Case Study from Nepal

Nisha Thomas, Matt Baillie Smith and Nina Laurie

9. Restructuring of Nepal’s economy, agrarian change and livelihood outcomes: The role of migration and remittances

Jagannath Adhikari

10. Identifying reproductive health coverage gaps for rural- vs. urban-born migrant household heads in the slums in and around Dhaka City, Bangladesh

Kimberly Clair, AbdurRazzaque, Mohammad Zahirul Islam, Mohammad Nahid Mia, Razib Chowdhury, AHM Golam Mustafa, and Randall Kuhn

About the Editor

S. Irudaya Rajan is Professor at the Centre for Development Studies (CDS), Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India. With more than three decades of research experience at the CDS, he has coordinated eight major migration surveys in Kerala since 1998 (with Professor K. C. Zachariah); conducted migration surveys in Goa, Tamil Nadu and Punjab; provided technical support to the Gujarat Migration Survey. He has published extensively in national and international journals on demographic, economic, social, health, psychological and political implications on migration on individuals, families, communities, society and economy. Professor Rajan is currently engaged in several projects on international migration with the European Union, Word Bank, Columbia and Johns Hopkins Universities and UAE Exchange Centre, Abu Dhabi. He works closely with the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, Department of Non-Resident Keralite Affairs, Government of Kerala and Kerala State Planning Board.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Emigration & Immigration
LAW / Labor & Employment
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Labor & Industrial Relations
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Asian American Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies