Indian migrant workers' experience during the COVID-19 pandemic nationwide lockdown

Kumar, Navin, Udah, Hyacinth, Francis, Abraham, Singh, Sanchita, and Wilson, Anica (2022) Indian migrant workers' experience during the COVID-19 pandemic nationwide lockdown. Journal of Asian and African Studies, 57 (5). pp. 911-931.

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DOI: 10.1177%2F00219096211046278
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This article explores the lived experiences of some Indian migrant workers (MW) during the first COVID-19 pandemic nationwide lockdown, investigating their plights from a social identity perspective. It analyses crises associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, and with hunger and starvation. Drawing on a qualitative study conducted with twelve participants in the city of Pune in the Western Indian state of Maharashtra, the findings suggest that the participants’ plights have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The findings indicate the need for policy responses to focus on addressing conditions of work, terms of employment and access to necessities for Indian MW, including ensuring conditions for a prompt job-ready recovery and mental health care after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Item ID: 69397
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1745-2538
Keywords: COVID-19 lockdown, India, migrant workers, othering, social identity, vulnerability, well-being
Copyright Information: © The Author(s) 2021
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2021 22:14
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4409 Social work > 440902 Counselling, wellbeing and community services @ 50%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4403 Demography > 440303 Migration @ 50%
SEO Codes: 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1399 Other culture and society > 139999 Other culture and society not elsewhere classified @ 40%
23 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 2301 Community services > 230110 Migrant and refugee settlement services @ 60%
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