Why India’s ‘migrants’ walked back home
More than a story of the Great Indian Dream, the story of short-term migrants is one of desperation. Without the social capital of well-established long-term migrants, they found it hard to stay put in India's big cities
For the past two months, if the government has often seemed like it was surprised by the number of migrants on the road, it might just be true. Official estimates undercount short-term migrants who are the most vulnerable, and differ significantly from more stable long-term migrants.