LABOUR MIGRATION IN INDIA: PERSPECTIVES FOR PRACTICE
Date: May 26 – June 1, 2019
Last Date to Apply: April 10, 2019
Venue: Azim Premji University, Bangalore
Internal labour migration has emerged as a new-age development challenge for India. High economic disparity between regions, agrarian distress compounded by adverse climatic changes has pushed more and more rural poor to Indian cities. As per Economic Survey 2016-17 there are 139 million labour migrants in India who move between the rural and urban, struggling with disenfranchisement within the boundaries of their own country and an uncertain livelihood option which is their only exit from poverty.
Given the growing pervasiveness of labour migration, its inter-connectedness with questions of urban governance, informality and more importantly its centrality to the livelihoods of the poor, we at Azim Premji University and Aajeevika Bureau are committed to building required capacities within the development sector to engage with the issue. Lately, there have been some progressive experiments by the civil society and worker organizations to understand, articulate and respond to the concerns of migrant worker communities. There is a growing body of work employing varied strategies of worker collectivization, system sensitization and design and delivery of migrant friendly solutions. It is our contention that this growing field of civil society action can benefit considerably with structured academic engagement and conceptual inputs to understanding labour migration, its drivers and the eventual outcomes.
In pursuit of this critical task, the School of Development at Azim Premji University and Centre for Migration and Labour Solutions at Aajeevika Bureau have come together to offer a short term certificate course on labour migration "Labour Migration in India: Perspectives for Practice". The six day certificate course (May 26 – June 1, 2019) aims to provide a learning platform for civil society practitioners, workers’ rights advocates and students interested in issues related to internal labour migration, urban governance and informality. Using a collaborative, experiential learning model it aims to enrich practitioners’ field insights with conceptual and critical discourses on migration.
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