Policy Briefs: For a Better Inclusion of Internal Migrants in India

31 Oct, 2012


  1. Migrants constitute a “floating” and invisible population, alternating between source and destination areas, and remaining on the periphery of society

  2. The right to the city, which encompasses right and access to food, housing, education, health, work, and local democracy, should also apply to migrants

  3. Migration of persons within national borders is far greater in magnitude than migration across international borders and has enormous potential to contribute to economic prosperity, social cohesion and urban diversity.

  4. There exists a serious data gap on the extent, nature and magnitude of internal migration


Based on the papers of the National Workshopon Internal Migration and Human Development in India, UNESCO and UNICEF, in collaboration with researchers, NGO’s and other UN agencies, developed policy briefs, which provide key facts and policy recommendations for the central as well as state governments for the elaboration of more inclusive social policies and practices. The publication presents a policy overview of the internal migration phenomenon and explores interlinkages between internal migration and gender, right to the city, social protection, right to education etc.

The policy briefs are also available in Hindi thanks to the translation provided by Aajeevika Bureau.