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Urbanization and spatial patterns of internal migration in India

S Chandrasekhar and Ajay Sharma

Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai Working Papers from Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai, India

Abstract: With an urbanization level of 31.16 percent in 2011, India is the least urbanized country among the top 10 economies of the world. In addition, unlike other countries, the transition of workforce out of agriculture is incomplete. This coupled with jobless growth in recent years has contributed to an increase in certain migration streams. While rural-rural migration continues to be the largest in terms of magnitude, we also document an increase in two-way commuting across rural and urban areas. Further, there are a large number of short term migrants and an increase in return migration rate is also observed.

Keywords: Internal migration streams; Short term migration; Commuting; Return migration; Regional labour mobility (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J61 O1 R23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 39 pages
Date: 2014-05
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-geo, nep-mig and nep-ure
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