Patterns and Politics of Migration in South Asia
Migration is an important social and historical reality in South Asia. In the past decade, migration from one country to another and internal migration (i.e. migration within a particular country) have assumed different dimen- sions for people in the region. Contemporary research on migration is placed in a spectrum that ranges from exponents of economic benefits at one end, to those who see migration as a security threat, at the other. This paper combines the work of three researchers and looks at the different political locations from which the South Asian subject is induced to move. It also discusses the economic and political implications that arise from these migration trajectories. Drawing on their research, the authors emphasise the need for understanding how migration is linked to a complex set of proc- esses that reflect power relations in unequal societies.
The authors gratefully acknowledge constructive and encouraging feedback from participants at the Joint Area of Case Studies (JACS) South Asia workshop in Dhulikhel, Nepal, in December 2006, particularly from Urs Geiser. Overall, this research is embedded in the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South: Research Partnerships for Mitigating Syndromes of Global Change, and was co-funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), and the participating institutions.
- South Asia
- patterns of migration
- politics of migration