Blog post / Reintegration & Rehabilitation Policies for Emigrants in Kerala: Strategies for a Post-COVID World

C S Akhil, Ashwin Kumar and Sabeer V C.
Azim Premji University Practice Connect, 2020.

Excerpt : Kerala has had the experience of receiving large numbers of return migrants in the past due to political and economic shocks like the mass exit of people from the Gulf during the Gulf War of 1990 and the Global Financial Crisis of 2008 which hit economies all over the world severely.

The current COVID-19 crisis appears to be another such catalyst for large scale return. What is different, however, is the sheer numbers of workers that have been affected all over the globe as well as the reducing capacity of the ‘origin economies’ to rehabilitate them.

This issue requires governments all over the world to revisit and rethink strategies to ensure that this large section of the population is accounted for. This is, especially, of great significance in the case of Kerala.

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