Migrant Workers
Reimagining Migrant Lives in Cities Post- COVID 19
Launch of the report followed by panel discussion on urban realities of migrant communities
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The report, using findings from the pre-COVID period, examines the lives of migrant workers in Ahmedabad and Surat, across multiple work sectors and diverse castes, genders, language groups and source regions. Through the report, we ask, “How do migrant workers access public provisioning–housing, water, sanitation, food, and healthcare – in urban areas?”

Our findings suggest that the severe humanitarian crisis for over 100 million migrant workers is not unanticipated or caused solely by the COVID outbreak. It is rooted in India's urban policies and economic growth model, which excludes and alienates this vast group of workers while using them to boost industrial and infrastructural growth. For decades, migrant workers have relied on informal networks to access basic provisioning, which has severe implications for the cost, quality, and reliability of access to a basic, dignified survival. The panel discusses the above themes and looks at policy and practice opportunities for moving towards migrant-inclusive cities in the post-COVID 19 period.

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Aajeevika Bureau
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