International Webinar on "Migration and Reverse Migration in the Age of Covid-19: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities"
20-21 June 2020
Migration has been a key element of human history since prehistoric times. In modern sovereign states, voluntary migration is recognized as a basic right of citizens in search of a better life, livelihood, and opportunities. Migrants comprise those who are skilled and educated and have the resources to establish themselves in new territories and also those who are poor or unskilled and able to find only low wage employment. This also includes those who migrate within the country as well as outside it. Migrants who are poor or unskilled are the first ones to be affected in the face of a crisis. This has also been the case during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Coronavirus which has forced the world to stand still in 2020, has brought many unforeseen problems in its wake. However, the biggest group affected by the pandemic in the worst way has been that of the poor migrants. The lockdown - necessitated due to Coronavirus - posed the primary challenge of food and supplies for poor migrants who work on small salaries that carry them from one day to the next. With all employment coming to a grinding halt, they also were left with no money to pay house rents. Adding to this, the problems related to health and living conditions resulted in poor migrant workers across the country finding it impossible to cope with the mounting challenges. Social organizations along with government agencies sprung into action to provide succor. However, factors such as severe lack of resources, misinformation, fear of pandemic resulted in desperate efforts to return home.
In this background, an international webinar is being organized by UGC-CARE listed journals Drishtikon (Hindi) and Journal of Contemporary Indian Economy and Polity (English) in collaboration with Academics4Nation. Selected scholars will be given a chance to present their papers in the webinar and their revised papers would be published in the above-mentioned journals. Few selected articles would be published in the form of an edited volume.
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