COVID-19 has triggered mass reverse migrations from cities to rural areas in India. It is estimated every sixth migrant worker, largely employed in unorganised sectors like construction and handlooms, has returned home from a town or city because of the pandemic. 25% of those workers are saying they’re not planning to return to their jobs in cities.
What are the opportunities this shift creates for sustainable rural growth? What will be the impact on rural livelihoods due to reduced funds, previously sent back home by migrants working in cities?