ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Articles by  Sunil Kumar MishraSubscribe to  Sunil Kumar Mishra

The COVID-19 Pandemic and Migrant Workers from Rural Bihar

More than half of rural households had at least one migrant worker prior to the pandemic, and for 94% of these households, their migrant workers’ livelihood was adversely affected. There was large-scale reverse migration with a huge fraction of returning migrants spending as much as four to five months in native villages with limited opportunities for alternative work (including the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act employment). The disruption of employment among migrant workers who stayed in destination areas led to drastic cuts in their remittances back home. About one-fifth of the migrant workers who had gone back to the destination areas were yet to resume work at destination sites at the time of survey.

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