Study commissioned on international migration from PunjabJanuary 31st, 2009 - 4:31 pm ICT by IANS
Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 31 (IANS) The Migration Research Unit, affiliated to the Centre for Development Studies (CDS) here, will work with the Chandigarh-based Centre for Rural Research and Industrial Development (CRRID) to conduct the first-ever comprehensive study on international migration from Punjab. S. Irudayarajan, head of the the research unit which is funded by the Ministry for Overseas Indian Affairs, said that they will be providing the questionnaire for the survey and also provide the sampling design.
“We were the first to do a comprehensive survey of 10,000 diaspora households in Kerala in 1998 and also repeated it thrice. Right now, we are finishing the study done on the same topic for the Goa government,” Irudayarajan told IANS.
Prof A.K. Nanda of CRRID will lead the study team. The study is being funded by the International Demographic Institute in Paris.
“The work will begin in April and the survey of 10,000 diaspora households would be conducted by CCRID. We expect to finish the study and give the report in December this year,” said Irudayarajan.
These studies are being done to help both the state and the centre to frame policies for the benefit of the diaspora and also to have a statistical analysis on the diaspora.