DOES PANDEMIC CAUSE REVERSE MIGRATION- AN ENQUIRY AMONG GARMENT MIGRANT WORKERS OF TIRUPUR DISTRICT
Dr. V. DhivyaKeerthiga
Post Doctoral Fellow, Department of Economics ,Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women, Coimbatore. mail: email@example.com
Dr. S. Gandhimathi
Prof. Head, Department of Economics Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women, Coimbatore. mail: Gandhi_eco@avinuty.ac.in
The rapid spread of the COVID 19 pandemic has resulted in a number of unfavorable cognitive responses and feelings among the population that is at danger. Migrants are experiencing an unusual humanitarian catastrophe as a result of lockdown in India. The current study aimed to identify the migration details and reverse migration intention among migrant workers of garment industry in Tirupur district with sample size of 500. In the study almost 81 percent of the population had intention to migrate back to origin in spite of the intention they did not take up the reverse migration plan as many stated that they stayed back as they did not have anyone at their place or origin whereas due to improper transport facility they were not able to move back in case of the intention of reverse migration most of them wanted to return because of family that is left behind and they had a fear that the world may end and they had fear of losing their job which would result in loss of wages and it affects their livelihood. Government has to take initiative to provide safe guard to internal and unorganized migrant workers for future.
Keywords; Migrants, Garment workers, Covid-19, Reverse migration, migration intention, pandemic.