17.12.2012 - UNESCO Office in New Delhi

Media Launch of UNESCO/UNICEF Publications on Internal Migration


On the occasion of International Migrants Day 2012, UNESCO and UNICEF launched their recent publications on internal migration in India, resulting from the National Workshop on Internal Migration and Human Development in India held in 2011 and the Internal Migration in India Initiative (IMII). The Event took place on 18 December at the UN Conference Hall, New Delhi, from 10.30 a.m.–12.30 p.m.

The publications that were launched included, the two-volume Workshop Compendium on Internal Migration and Human Development in India and the Policy Briefs: For a Better Inclusion of Migrants in India.  The Internal Migration in India Initiative is supported by Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, UN Women, UN-HABITAT, UNIC and IOM (International Organization of Migration).  After a panel discussion with researchers from renowned universities and institutions and social activists on the challenges of internal migration in India, the floor was thrown open to questions by the Media.

In India, as per Census 2001, internal migration accounts for a large population of 309 million, or nearly 30 percent of the total population. In reality, internal migrants are excluded from the economic, cultural, social and political lives of society and are often treated as second-class citizens. The constraints faced by migrants are many: lack of formal residency rights; lack of political representation; inadequate housing; low-paid, insecure or hazardous work; limited access to state-provided services such as health and education and discrimination based on ethnicity, religion, class or gender. Still, internal migration has been accorded very low priority by the government in policy and practice, partly due to a serious knowledge gap on its extent, nature and magnitude.


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