Migration and Development: Rural-to-Urban Temporary Migration to Gujarat

  • Indira Hirway
  • Udai Bhan Singh


Gujarat is one of the major migrant-receiving states. This chapter is based on a study of migrant workers in two Gujarat cities, namely migrant workers in construction and textiles in Ahmadabad and in the diamond cutting industry in Surat. The catchment of migrant labor varies with the industry. Most of the textile workers in Ahmadabad are from three states, namely Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Bihar, whereas most of the diamond cutting workers are from Gujarat. The skill requirements, and along with that the remuneration and conditions, of work vary. Among construction workers with low skills, one-third end up with accident insurance and social security. This study also put forward how distress migration could be turned into healthy mobility of labor and how to use it for forging linkages between migration and development.



This chapter is based on our large study on “Migration and Development: A Study of Rural to Urban Temporary Migration to Gujarat State” sponsored by the Sankaran Chair at the National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRD&PR), Hyderabad. The authors are grateful to the NIRD&PR for financial support. The authors thank the respondents for their support during the field work. This chapter is a revised version of the paper presented at the International Conference on Labor and Employment Issues in the Context of Emerging Rural-Urban Continuum: Dimensions, Processes and Policies organized by the NIRD&PR, Hyderabad, under the S. R. Sankaran Chair (Rural Labor), March 12–14, 2015.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Indira Hirway
    • 1
  • Udai Bhan Singh
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Development AlternativesAhmedabadIndia
  2. 2.Amity Business SchoolAmity UniversityJaipurIndia

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