Migrants: Voices of Delhi’s Silent Majority

31 Dec, 2011


  1. In your opinion, what is the country`s greatest problem? Unemployment, aur kya. That`s the biggest problem...

  2. Key quotes from interviews:

  3. If you could study, what would you want to do with your life? Can’t imagine what I would do. Kismet mein toh yahi likha tha (I was fated for this).

  4. Given the chance, would you like to study? Study? Who would look after my camel then?

  5. What made you move to Delhi? To look for work. This isn’t Bombay that I’ll come to act in films here.

  6. Do you vote? No

  7. How much to you earn? Rs.200 every day. Theek hai, na (That`s enough , right)?


In partnership with UNESCO and UNICEF, First City Magazine prepared a special issue containing a series of interviews under the name “Migrants: Voices of Delhi’s Silent Majority”. It was released for the National Workshop on Internal Migration and Human Development in India, jointly organized by UNESCO and UNICEF on 6–7 December 2011 in New Delhi, with the support of Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) and Sir Dorabji Tata Trust (SDTT).

As the interviews present people with their daily struggles and thoughts, this publication gives the insight from the perspective of the migrants themselves. The stories of “minute-old migrants”, those who had just arrived into the city, as well as those who have been working in Delhi for some time, have something in common – they call for strategic interventions in favour migrants in India.


UNESCO, UNICEF and First City Magazine