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Support for migrant workers: The missing link in India's development

Briefing/policy papers

Written by John Farrington

India has around 100 million circular migrant workers, placing its experience almost on a par with China’s. Yet migration in India faces an almost total absence of forward-thinking policies. Rejecting policies to ‘keep them in rural areas’ as unrealistic, this paper identifies the kinds of migrant support that are needed if migrants are to continue adding to economic growth as they currently do, but at lower personal cost than at present.

Priya Deshingkar, Rajiv Khandelwal and John Farrington