Despite India being an important country of origin of migrants to many countries and also receiving a large number of migrants, the issue of international migration had for a long time received scanty attention, according to the recently launched “India Migration Report 2009: Past, Present and the Future Outlook”.
The report further adds that it was only in the concluding decades of the 20th Century that migration started drawing greater attention of stakeholders in policy making, academia and civil society.
The report provides an overview of migration from India to the major destination countries as well as immigration to India. Presented in seven chapters, the report covers several issues relating to international migration primarily from and also to India. A number of migration-related issues are discussed such as remittances, gender and migration of health professionals. Also, concerns that have recently been making news as terrorism, security, and climate change are highlighted. Policy perspectives across countries are discussed and the need for coherence in perspectives emphasized.
The report is a product of the International Migration and Diaspora Studies Project of the School of Social Sciences at Jawaharlal Nehru University.