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Covid-19 and Precarity of Low-income Migrant Workers in Indian Cities

Title
Covid-19 and Precarity of Low-income Migrant Workers in Indian Cities
Speaker(s)
Speaker: Jeevan Sharma # UoE
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Date and Time
19th Nov 2020 16:00 - 19th Nov 2020 17:30
Location
Via Zoom
URL
http://www.csas.ed.ac.uk/events/seminar_series/2020_2021/covid-19_and_precarity_of_low-income_migrant_workers_in_indian_cities

Abstract

Indian cities attract a considerable number of low-income migrants from marginal rural households experiencing difficult economic, political, and social conditions at home who migrate in search of livelihoods and security. Based on fieldwork in two Indian cities, Jalandhar and Guwahati, this paper focuses on the precarity of low-income migrants in Indian cities. It argues that the concept of precarity, used in the context of migrant labour, should be extended to capture multiple and reinforcing forms of vulnerability examining the relationship between structural inequalities including difficult conditions at home, exclusion from public services, and poor access to justice.  It puts forward a proposition that the widespread media representations of migrant workers returning home in the context of Covid-19 are not simply a result of the sudden outbreak of coronavirus but these journeys must be seen as a part of the history of the circulatory system of labour.

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