By Swati Mohana Krishnan
South Asian region has its unique and complex dimensions in all the major streams of migration, such as internal; intra-regional and international. For instance, most of the countries in South Asia have considerable stock of internal migrants which is often much more than the quantum of international migrants from those countries. Similarly, there are close linkages between the South Asian countries, in terms of migration-flows as there are thousands of migrants from these countries, migrating within the broader South Asian region itself. When it comes to moving beyond the regional territories too South Asian countries exhibits striking similarities. The region also has some burning issues related to the presence of forced-migrants and refugees, whose concerns are closer to human rights issues. Given this, it is very important to have some interdisciplinary enquiries that approaches the South Asian migration, with a closer look at poorer segments of the migrants. In this broader background, the South Asia Alliance for Poverty Eradication (SAAPE) Report on migrations in South Asia jointly authored by Babu P. Remesh, Akhil Ranjan Dutta and Mohan Mani, assumes utmost relevance. The report was released globally on 4 September, 2020, during the COVID pandemic and lockdown and is an up to date account of the trials and tribulations of migrants from South Asia. The report covers the 8 countries from South Asia (namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) and has been compiled on the basis of detailed country reports from each of these nations.
The report includes seven chapters on various dimensions of migration and a set of appendices (which are the summaries of the eight country reports, which provided the inputs for the larger regional report) Read more