Is migration a harbinger of social equality in rural India?5 min read . Updated: 04 Aug 2016, 04:44 PM IST
Deprived social groups are using migration to improve their socio-economic status in the rural economy
In June, news website IndiaSpend did a story based on a survey of migrant workers in Ghatkopar, a Mumbai suburb. The findings were intriguing, to say the least. Within four months of migrating, each of the surveyed families had managed to earn enough to lift them out of poverty and even repay their loans. The survey, however, looked at a small sample of just 60 families. Does migration hold the same promise for the average Indian rural worker? An Economic and Political Weekly paper by Amrita Datta at the Institute for Human Development (IHD) shows that migration might be helping those at the bottom of the socio-economic ladder—the most being in Bihar.