Circular Migration and Localized Urbanization in Rural India

Soundarya Iyer  | 2017 


Internal migration is a major driving force for urbanisation all over the world and is of concern in Asia due to its rising magnitude. Most studies on internal migration focus on the migrant in the process of migration and a large majority of studies are interested in understanding the conditions of the migrant at the destination for policy concerns. This article makes a case for studying the source of migration and the role that circular migration plays in processes of urbanisation at the source of migration. This is particularly important in the context of the growing urbanisation away from cities in India. Using the case of a dry land village in northeastern Karnataka, this article attempts to understand the role that circular migration for construction work to cities has in the process of localised urbanisation in the village.