National Conference on Youth Migration and Development 8th & 9th February, 2013

Organized by School of Youth Studies and Extension (SYSE), RGNIYD


The Phenomenon of migration has become a conspicuous subject in the national as well as global context.  There are numerous push and pull factors which influences people to migrate either forced or voluntary.  Nevertheless there are numerous risks involved in migration like threats and denial of choice and movement. At the same time it is also viewed that migration can empower traditionally disadvantaged groups, in particular women.  Of late, migration has become an unpreventable movement and an essential component of the development process.  Migration promotes cutting-edge in terms of education, income, accessing services and participation.  Migrant workers are contributing their skills, labour, knowledge and initiatives to the progress of the State and Nation.  Migration helps to encounter economic, labour market and productivity challenges and serve as an instrument for adjusting skills, age and sectoral composition of national and global market.  It is viewed as an asset and inducement to development.  Thus, it needs to be recognized and regulated effectively through policies and programmes. Migrations have arisen as an important instrument in a livelihood strategy for the people of developing countries.  Managing internal mobility could conceivably help in reducing poverty and inequality.  Hence, understanding on the positive effects of migration is an urgent need. At the same time to understand the social impact of migration is also necessary.

In view of this background, the School of Youth Studies and Extension (SYSE), Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD) and the Arunodhaya Migrants Initiatives (AMI), Chennai are jointly organizing the National Conference on Youth Migration and Development, on 8th and 9th February 2013, at the RGNIYD premises.

Facts about Migration in India

Migration and commuting are part of a routine livelihood strategies and not simply a response to shocks. People migrate to take advantage of new economic opportunity, acquire new skills and escape the caste system. Many tribal people from AP, Karnataka and Maharashtra migrate to work in construction, tile factory, brick kiln, crop cutting and Rice Mills etc. Some migrate individually and others as whole household units. Family migration is prevalent in sugarcane cutting, construction and brick kiln as it is more economical for employers.  Some 40,000 females from Kerala migrate annually in order to work in the fishery industry. In the domestic work sector there is a huge increase in independent female migration.  The share of north-east and eastern states is very large in male migration, whereas the southern states have a comparatively larger share of female migrants. 

  • During the 2001 census period, 14.4 million people migrated within the country for work purposes either to cities or areas with higher expected economic gains.
  • The 2001 Census has recorded about 53.3 million rural to urban migration within the country.
  • The National Commission on Rural Labour (NCRL) estimates the number of internal labour migrants in rural areas in India alone at around 10 million (including roughly 4.5 million inter-state migrants and 6 million intra-state migrants).
  • In the case of most intra-state and inter-state unskilled and semi-skilled migrants, migrant labourers run high risk of exploitation for they are exposed to uncertainties and lack access to information and knowledge, thus making it very difficult for them to switch jobs in case of dissatisfaction with the current employer.
  • Most migrants live in open spaces, make shift shelters or illegal settlements, which lack the basic infrastructure and access to civic amenities. They are highly prone to occupational health hazards and vulnerable to epidemics including HIV/AIDS.
  • Since the migrants are mobile, their children have no crèche facilities or access to schooling. Right to education is not realized
  • In India, labour migrants are largely found in the developed states, the traditional migrant-receiving states, typically, coming from underdeveloped regions of the country and being comprised primarily of the most marginalized sections of society, namely the Tribes and the Scheduled Castes (SCs).
  • Migrants are also vulnerable to trafficking and smuggling.
  • India is a country of origin, transit and destination. India is ranked high in the citation index as a country of origin and destination and is ranked medium in the citation index as a country of transit (Trafficking in Persons - Global Patterns, UNODC).

Objectives of the Conference

  1. To develop wider understanding on Migration issues
  2. To showcase empirical evidence on Migration status in India
  3. To portray the need for support services to the Young migrants.
  4. To provide platform to the young research scholars/researchers/academicians to share their research findings on Migration issues.
  5. To throw light on Migration Policy and relevance of Millennium Development Goals with reference to Migration.
  6. To expose participants to experts, Trade union members and Agencies work for migration to share their knowledge and experience with the participants.
  7. To emphasize migration as a development indicator for global economy

The broad theme of the National Conference is Youth Migration and Development.
The sub themes of the Conference are as follows;

  1. Migration and Climate change.
  2. Migration and sustainable development
  3. Youth, Employment and Migration - unskilled/skilled
  4. Social inclusion of Migrants
  5. International Migration and Development
  6. Global Forum for Migration and Development (GFMD)
  7. Trafficking and smuggling of Young Migrants
  8. Migration in the context of Terrorism and Violence
  9. Migration and Human Rights
  10. Migration and State/Nation Security
  11. Migration Policy and management
  12. Migration and Millennium Development Goals
  13. Development of Social Services for young migrants
  14. Young Migrants and global economy
  15. Education Programme for the Migrant’s children
  16. Migrants in the construction work
  17. Migrants and labour rights
  18. Vulnerability of Female Migrants

The National seminar will have Symposia, Panel Discussion, Plenary session and Thematic sessions.

Call for Papers
Papers are invited from policy makers, senior government officials and administrators, academicians, researcher scholars, students, migration-consultants, officials from Embassies, NGOs, practitioners, activists and policy makers.

Conference Language

Submission of Abstract
The interested persons are requested to submit their abstract in the themes designated.  The abstracts should be submitted to the conference E-mail ID

The abstract should contain the following:
Font type: Times New Roman
Font size: 12 for Text and 14 for Title
Line Space: 1.5
Word Limit: 500
Key words: 5

Last Date for submission of abstract: 10th November, 2012
Notification of acceptance: 15th November, 2012

Submission of Full Paper

On receipt of acceptance of the abstract, the full paper must be submitted in the format given below;

    Font type: Times New Roman
    Font size: 12 for Text and 14 for Title
    Line Space: 1.5
    Word Limit: 5000

Last date for submission of full paper: 31st December, 2012

Publication of papers
Selected papers will be published as edited volume with ISBN number.

Registration Fees

  1. Faculty members/NGOs and others Rs. 1000/-
  2. Students/Research Scholars Rs.500/-
  • Registration fee should be paid in the form of a crossed Demand Draft drawn in favour of Director, RGNIYD Payable at Sriperumbudur.  Kindly mention the name, place and contact number of delegate on the reverse of the Demand Draft.
  • Registration fees will include a Book of Abstract, CD of full papers, breakfast, lunch, refreshment and dinner.
  • Student ID is required for the Student registration fee.
  • Full paper will only be included in the proceedings once payment is received by the secretariat.

The invited paper presenters will be given Travel Grant by Sleeper Class

Local Hospitality
The selected participants will be provided with boarding and lodging by the organizers.

Patron of the Conference
Mr. Michael Vetha Siromony I.A.S
Vice Chancellor/Director, RGNIYD

Technical Expertise of the Conference
Dr. Bernard D Sami
Chennai-600 064.Ph: 91-44-23746450, Fax: 91-44-23746450

Director of the Conference
Dr. P. Sahoo,
Head, School of Youth Studies and Extension, RGNIYD

Coordinator of the Conference
Dr. S. Lalitha,
Training Officer cum Lecturer,
School of Youth Studies and Extension, RGNIYD
09884379410 E-mail:

Conference Secretaries
Mr. Vaskar Mutum, Lecturer,
School of Youth Studies and Extension, RGNIYD
09884171765 E-mail:

Mr. Sojan Augustine, Lecturer,
School of Youth Studies and Extension, RGNIYD
09962525020 Email:

For Contact
Dr. S. Lalitha,
Coordinator of the Conference
School of Youth Studies and Extension
Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development,
Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India,
Sriperumbudur – 602 105, Tamil Nadu, India
Office:  044 – 27163872 Mobile: 09884379410
Email ID:

Key Dates
Abstract submission deadline: 30th November, 2012
Notification of acceptance: 05th December, 2012
Full manuscript submission deadline: 31st December, 2012