Migration within and out of south Asia has been a practice steeped in historical processes. This article identifies commonalities such as the significant macroeconomic role of migration and similar main destinations for south Asia’s mobile populations. It critiques popular themes in the discourse on migration, like the focus on economic benefits of moving populations and the nation state as a reference point. The article questions the existing views of what it means for people to move from their homes, many times (but not only) across international borders.

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Note Article based on the presentation ‘Migration Matters in NCCR: Whose Moves? Whose Borders? Whose Benefits?’ at a south Asia workshop of the National Centre of Competence in Research, North-South in Dhulikhel, Nepal in December 2006
Barbora, S, Thieme, S, Siegmann, K.A, Menon, V, & Gurung, G. (2008). Migration Matters in South Asia: Commonalities and Critiques. Economic and Political Weekly: a journal of current economic and political affairs, 43(24), 57–65. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/32326