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Report of National Workshop on “RIGHT TO WORK: NEW DIMENSIONS OF DISTRESS MIGRATION IN SOUTH INDIA”
March 08, 2016 Back


Organised by St Aloysius College (Autonomous) Mangaluru in Collaboration with Labour and Migration Unit of Indian Social Institute, Bengaluru

The Department of Economics, St Aloysius College, Mangaluru in collaboration with Indian Social Institute, Bengaluru organised a one day National Workshop on Right to Work: New Dimensions of Distress Migration in South India.

Moments of inauguration….


The chief guest and inaugurator of the Workshop Shri Hemacharya, Chief editor, Daijiworld weekly gave a bird’s eye view of distress migration.

He spoke about the 3Ms i.e Mangaloreans, Malayalis and Madarasi to be the highest number in migration. He said that migrants are adventurous. He also said that the society should interact with the migrants and treat them with dignity. It is because they are used for the work in the place of destination and it is each ones moral duty to give them respect and a dignified life.


Rev Fr Swebert D’Silva SJ the Principal of the College presided over the function.


Rev Fr Martin Puthusherry SJ from the Indian Social Institute made a wonderful presentation in which he clearly dealt with the problems of marginalised section of the society going for distress migration and the challenges ahead.

Dr Vinoj Abraham, Associate Professor at Centre for Development Studies dealt with the labour market for distress migrants, its emergence and its features. He highlighted the fact that large scale of migrant population from the northern states migrate to south India especially in search of employment in menial jobs.

Dr Shaukath Azim, Professor of the Department of Sociology, Karnatak University, Dharwad said that it is the juggernaut, the force which is responsible for migration. He also highlighted on the stages of migration and the changes in demographic profile especially in rural areas.

Dr Sajikumar S, Fellow, New India Foundation, New Delhi focused on the insecurities and vulnerabilities of interstate migrant workers.

Around 238 delegates from different universities and different departments participated in the Workshop.


Paper presentation by teachers and students was an added attraction of the Workshop.

Two students won the Best Student paper awards which include a cash prize of Rs 2000/- each apart from the certificate.