We the Migrants (Indian Express)
Mains Paper 2: International
Prelims level: Labour migration
Mains level: Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora
- Labour migration is a central phenomenon in South Asia.
- Large number of citizens of various countries in the region (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives and Afghanistan) are continuously on the move, essentially in search of a living.
- While a good chunk of these job seekers move within their countries, some of them travel across borders.
Poverty and widening inequalities:
- The countries in South Asia have many commonalities in their migration profiles.
- Internal migration is a striking feature for all South Asian countries.
- In recent decades, intensified poverty and widening inequalities have been propelling large-scale urban-bound migration from rural areas.
- Though employment prospects and higher wages boost such migration, the most palpable driving force is the deepening employment-crisis in rural labour markets.
- The recent spike in rural distress throughout the region is destabilising the erstwhile rhythms of seasonality in rural-urban migration.
- Landlessness, debt-bondages and farmer suicides have increased considerably.
- In some countries, socio-political tensions, climate change and resource-depletion have compoundedthe agrarian crisis.
Family background report (FBR) system:
- Familial/societal norms based on deep-rooted patriarchal values shape the patterns and trends of women’s migration.
- The governance frameworks of migration in South Asian countries are also influenced by gendered notions.
- The controls imposed on women’s migration range from banning migration for certain categories of employment to keeping job-specific age-restrictions for women.
- Even in countries like Sri Lanka, where women migrants outnumber their male counterparts in the international migration stream, the situation is not different.
- The recently introduced Family Background Report (FBR) system in Sri Lanka stipulates that the women obtain clearance from a local official.
- Due to restrictive practices, women’s migration (especially international migration) is considerably low in countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan.
- In other countries (Nepal, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka) such restrictions are found prompting employment-aspiring women to take illegal routes.
- Often, these undocumented migrants fall prey to perniciouspractices of illegal recruiters, including trafficking and sexual abuse.
Failure of state mechanisms:
- GCC countries are the most prominent migrant destinations for most South Asian countries, with the exception of Maldives and Bhutan.
- In the Gulf countries, migrants from different parts of South Asia are found competing for jobs by mutually under-cutting wages and accepting deplorable working and living conditions.
- In many other destinations (for example, Jordan, Singapore), workers from different South Asian countries share work-conditions and worries.
- Inadequate support from the state to facilitate informed and rights-based migration is yet another feature of South Asian countries.
- Most of these countries do not even have reliable data on migrants.
- Inadequate social security systems, absence of effective protective legislations and regulatory systems are also common features.
- Shared-destiny of migrants in the region has become all the more prominent during the COVID-19 lockdowns.
- The failure of state mechanisms to provide a modicumof income support, social security benefits and healthcare to migrants was glaring.
- Large scale migrant-receiving countries in the region like India, Pakistan and the Maldives can ensure that immigrants from their South Asian neighbours are provided fair conditions at work.
- Ensuring dignity to intra-regional migrants also requires considerable efforts in terms of establishing peace within the region and finding amiable solutions on long-standing disputes around legality and citizenship of cross-border migrants within South Asia.
- These countries could collectively negotiate with major migrant-receivers like the GCC countries.
- For this, there is a need for reviving larger solidarities in the line of SAARC.
- Strengthening of protective frameworks, including labour laws, and signing/honouring of relevant international labour conventions and guidelines on migration are equally important.
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