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Current Research Projects

Odisha Migration Survey 2023

The Odisha Migration Survey (OMS) 2023 is a multi-disciplinary empirical research project that will estimate the overall incidence of migration from the state, examine the role of agriculture, non-agriculture and remittances in rural household livelihood portfolios, study the impacts of migration focusing on women’s empowerment and well-being, and explore youth aspirations and the role of return migrants in agriculture and the rural economy. Odisha Migration Study (OMS) is led by the Department of Liberal Arts, IIT Hyderabad in collaboration with the International Institute of Migration and Development, and is funded by the International Rice Research Institute.

International coalition for de-centred migration knowledge (DEMIKNOW)

Four migration research centres, located in India, China, Australia and Canada are coalition to The DEMIKNOW, with the project titled, ‘International Coalition of Research Centres in Migration’. Duration of the project is three years (from 22 March 2021 to 21 March 2024). The project is led by Ryerson University (Mehrunnisa Ali, Anna Triandafyllidou) under the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Development Grants Program. The other partners are Migration, Mobilities and Belonging Network, University of Western Australia, Australia (Loretta Baldassar); National Research Centre for Resettlement, Hohai University, China (Sun Zhonggen); Kannur University, Kerala, India (Irudaya Rajan (Chairman, The International Institute of Migration and Development (IIMAD)) and Dean to the Faculty of Social sciences, Kannur University)). Research project in India aims to study the role of families in migration of international students. The Indian research centre leads a small scale study using primary and secondary data. The research is funded by The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) is the federal research funding agency that promotes and supports research and training in the humanities and social sciences.

The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on International Nurse Migration from India

Dr. S. Irudaya Rajan (Chairman, The International Institute of Migration and Development (IIMAD)) is the Principal Investigator of Bilateral Joint Research Program by Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR) and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). The project is led by the Institute of Developing Economies (IDE-JETRO). Duration of the project is two years (from April 2021 to March 2023). This study aims to investigate the outcome of COVID-19 pandemic on the international migration of Indian nurses. Also, this research will combine data obtained in the previous study, which was conducted in 2016- 2017, that traced the migration of nurses trained in Kerala and Tamil Nadu with new data the focuses on (1) whether and how COVID-19 has affected their decision to migrate overseas or work in India, (2) the socio-economic characteristics of those who are working, or are about to work, overseas versus those who remain in India, and (3) analysing the factors, processes, and patterns of international migration. This study is the first of its kind that takes interviews of the same nurses before and after the COVID-19 pandemic to examine the impact of the Pandemic.

Women on the Move (WEMOV)

‘Women on the move’ is an international EU funded network that focuses on unveiling the presence and economic contribution of women migrant workers. The COST Action (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) was launched in September 2020 and is due to end in September 2024, and over its lifetime it will organize events such as conferences, training schools and exhibitions. Its Grant Holder is Université de Paris.

South-South Migration and Migrant Food Insecurity: Interactions, Impacts, and Remedies (MiFood Project)

South-South Migration and Migrant Food Insecurity: Interactions, Impacts, and Remedies (MiFood Project) builds on the strong foundation laid by the existing HCP partnership by assembling a network of partner institutions, co-investigators, and collaborators from seven Canadian universities together with teams from current partners in China, Jamaica, Kenya, Mexico, Namibia and Mozambique, and new partners in Ecuador, Ghana, India, Qatar, South Africa and Singapore. The time-frame planned for the project is seven years and the research aims to understand the countries and cities with significant numbers of international and/or internal migrants who face important challenges of precarious employment, inaccessibility to basic rights and services, structural inequality, uncertain futures and acute or chronic vulnerability to food insecurity.