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2nd Annual International Conference on “Internal Migrants in the Cities: Entangled lives”

Published on July 15, 2022


Event Date

December 30, 2022 10:00 am (IST)

Event Venue

Online - Webinar

Selected Papers

The last date for the submission of the final paper is on 15th December 2022. The Conference will be held online on 30th December 2022.

The International Institute of Migration and Development (IIMAD), in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad (IITH) invites academics, researchers, activists, artists and other practitioners to submit original research, case studies, work, and other insights for presentation at the 2nd Annual Internal Migration Conference. The conference will focus on the theme ‘Cities and Internal Migrants’ and will take place on 30-31 December 2022 using a hybrid model. The timing of presentations will be adjusted to account for the time zones of presenters as much as possible.

COVID-19 and Internal Migration

While migration has historically provided economic and cultural advantages, the recent global trends are indicative of the travesties faced by populations, which had negative economic and social impacts.  Furthermore, states blocked internal borders, forcing migrants to seek out riskier ways of fleeing for their lives or remain detained in appalling conditions at borders. We are searching for papers that support novel analytical methods, challenge accepted time and space scales, integrate several spatial and temporal dimensions, and focus on COVID-19 and migrant displacements and disruptions.

Cities and Vulnerability

Migration to cities is a major trend that will have a significant impact in the near future. The annual growth of the urban population is higher than that of the global population, suggesting that internal migration is occurring at a rapid pace. Access to healthy food, suitable work, social safety, housing, and water and sanitation services are all obstacles for migrants to metropolitan centres. This presents the state with extra hurdles in terms of ensuring not just the population’s livelihood security, but also in housing, educational provisioning, public health and so on. Cities have always acted as hubs for regulating movement. This sub-theme looks into the transition phases of migration and cities around the globe.

Migration, Gender and Cities

Debates on the causes and impacts of migration, whether forced, voluntary, or somewhere in between, intersect with gender. This sub-theme explores the reasons for and patterns of women migrating to cities, highlighting the exclusionary mechanisms at work in metropolitan settings that influence both migration in general and women migrants in particular.

Changing forms of labour

The pandemic disrupted urban labour markets and had a devastating effect on informal labour in the cities. This sub-theme covers wide-ranging contributions in the areas of new forms of labour and organization, and occupations, including papers focusing on work and employment outcomes of reverse and return migrations.     

Migrants, migration and media

Particularly during the pandemic, migrant populations in urban areas were extensively covered in literature and the media. Despite the fact that migrant labour is crucial to the operation of our cities, internal migrants frequently goes unnoticed, both literally and figuratively, by policymakers and urban residents alike. The media’s portrayal of internal migrants, and migration; the contribution of social media and new technologies to the maintenance of migrant networks; the press’s involvement in establishing the “them” and escalating or calming social friction between migrants and locals would add value to this theme.

Migrant Lives – The Policy

Future migration patterns and problems for the sending and receiving states, policies related to the integration of internal migrants generally, studying migration and migrants, designing or enforcing migration laws or policies will be considered in this theme.  In developing countries, the precarity of the urban poor and internal migrants came to light in the immediate aftermath of the pandemic lockdown. Papers here would also address wide-ranging questions related to state policies of urbanization, growing migration, smart cities, and unorganized labour.

  • Abstracts (500-750 words maximum; 5 keywords) with a Short bio of the authors (100-150 words) should be sent by midday (12 pm IST) on Saturday 15th October 2022. Submissions and presentations must be in English.

The abstracts will be evaluated by the conference organisers, and qualified participants will get more information in early October and the full papers are expected before the conference. We encourage participants from across the social sciences, working from a variety of methodological and theoretical approaches, as this is an interdisciplinary conference. Emerging researchers and others working in the Global South are especially encouraged to submit. Following the conference, chosen papers will be published as peer-reviewed IIMAD working papers that will serve as a resource for current research on Internal Migration and Cities. If we receive excellent papers, the organizers will plan to edit a special issue with an international journal or an edited book.

All abstracts and queries should be sent to: info@iimad.org



S Irudaya Rajan

S Irudaya Rajan

Chairman, IIMAD

Amrita Datta

Amrita Datta

Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad

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