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| Published: December 28, 2021

Why The Willingness to Return to The City? A Study from Uttarakhand on ‘The Reversal of Reverse Migration’

Ms. Neha Rao

Clinical Psychologist, Manas Foundation. Google Scholar More about the auther

, Ms. Monica Kumar

Senior Psychologist and Head, Mental Health, Manas Foundation. Google Scholar More about the auther

, Dr. Amiya Banerjee

Psychiatrist and Head, Research and Training, Manas Foundation. Google Scholar More about the auther

DIP: 18.01.159.20210904

DOI: 10.25215/0904.159

ABSTRACT

Migrant workers are returning to cities even after facing stigma and discrimination during their reverse migration after the pandemic lockdown last year.  Our study aims to understand the ‘reversal of reverse migration’ and attempts to understand their willingness to return to the cities and explore the differences in their way of life in their native villages, and place of migration. Ten participants were selected who matched on a sociodemographic profile. Analysis of the data identified three broad themes: Opportunities and Security, Life as Migrant and Survival on Migration. These themes answered the central research question of this study and demonstrated that lack of income generating opportunities has been the motive behind the participants’ willingness to return to cities.

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Ms. Neha Rao @ amiyabanerjee@manas.org.in

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ISSN 2348-5396

ISSN 2349-3429

18.01.159.20210904

10.25215/0904.159

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Published in   Volume 09, Issue 4, October- December, 2021