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Chair is on a visit to attend a seminar on return migration organized by the Africa Institute for Research in Economics and Social Sciences at  Mohammed VI Polytechnic University campus in Rabat, Morocco during February 2-3.

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Our Founder President Dr. K.C. Zachariah departed us on 17th January 2023. 

Chair is part of both Jharkhand Migration Survey 2023 (10000 households) and Odisha Migration Survey 2023 (15000 households)

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International Migration

Kerala Return Emigrant Survey 2021: Insights and the Way Forward

Published on December 18, 2021

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In observance of International Migrants Day, Dec 18

Return emigration is an optional yet natural consequence of emigration, especially when the prospect of permanent residence in the destination country is limited.  In the case of emigration of South Asian migrants to countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the inevitability of return anchors their sense of self and their reference groups to their soils of origin. For several such emigrants, COVID-19 advanced and forced their return en masse, causing a decline in the international migrant stock for the first time in recent history. For Kerala in India, a state whose development trajectory is inextricably tied to its emigration history, return migration was an estimated 1.43 million emigrants returning between May 2020 and April 2021 constituting two-thirds of the total number of 2.1 million emigrants estimated to live abroad in 2018. To investigate the determinants of return and the short and medium-term impact of COVID-19 on Kerala migrants, through the Centre of Development Studies and the International Institute of Migration and Development, India, we have conducted a Return Emigrant (REM) Survey of 1985 REM between May and December 2020.