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COVID-19, Economic Disruption and Employment and Livelihoods of Internal Migrants

Published on May 14, 2021


Event Date

August 16, 2021 10:00 am (IST)

Event Venue

Online - Conference

The first annual conference of the International Institute of Migration and Development will investigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the livelihoods of internal migrants in the country. The pandemic had a significant impact on the lives of migrants. The lockdown restrictions imposed by the government severely affected the livelihood strategies of the migrants and the mobility restrictions imposed, such as the closing of internal borders and the disruption of the public transport system brought the plight of the migrants into the limelight. With employment disrupted at the destination and with no means of income, the migrants were forced to return to their home states. The lack of a cohesive plan of action to bring back the migrants to the home states, the delayed response on the repatriation of migrants and the hesitancy on the part of the state governments to admit the entry of the migrants to their home states, led to severe migration crises across the country, on a scale that hasn’t been witnessed before. This conference will thus deliberate on the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the internal migrants along with discussions on the lines of the rights of the migrants, the need for a national-level policy for migration and the role of the migrants in the urban spaces.

Conference Themes

  • Role of Migrant Labour in the Local Economy
  • Impact of the Pandemic and Economic
  • Disruption on Migrant Labour
  • Response/Survival Strategies of Migrant Labour
  • Government Action /Support to Migrant Labour
  • Migrant Health and Well Being
  • Migrants and the Urban Space
  • Migrant Rights and Social Justice
  • Migration Policies
  • Migrant Voices

Guidelines for Paper Submission

We invite an extended abstract of around five pages (around 1500 words), or a full paper (max 6000 words) to be uploaded online using the IIMAD website (www.iimad.org) by 30 June 2021. The abstract should reflect the whole
paper including the context, objectives, methodology and main findings. The submissions will be reviewed by a panel of reviewers for acceptance to the Conference. The authors of accepted abstracts will be required to submit the full paper by 5 August For any information, contact mail id: info@iimad.org.

References may be included as well (please follow the APA 7th Edition Referencing Style). For any information contact at mail id info@iimad.org.

Important Dates

Announcement: 20 April 2021
Submission of Abstract: 30 June 2021
Selection Announcement: 5 July 2021
Full Paper Submission: 5 August 2021
Conference: 16 August 2021


T M Thomas Isaac

Former Minister for Finance and Coir, Government of Kerala / Gulati Institute of Finance and Taxation (GIFT)



Priya Deshingkar

Professor of Migration and Development School of Global Studies,University of Sussex / Visiting Professor, The International Institute of Migration and Development (IIMAD)


Dilip Ratha

Head, The Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD), World Bank

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S. Irudaya Rajan

Founder Chair

D. Narayana



Dilip Ratha

Dilip Ratha

Head, KNOMAD, World Bank

Dilip Ratha is Lead Economist, Migration and Remittances and Head of KNOMAD. He acts as a focal point for the World Bank on migration, remittances and diaspora bonds. He is a coordinator of the (G7/G20) Global Remittances Working Group.

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