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Research Paper | Health Economics | India | Volume 12 Issue 9, September 2023
A Perspective on Internal Labor Migration during COVID - 19 & Its Impacts on Migrant Health
Dakshita Srinivasan | Dishant Vaishnav
Abstract: Since the outbreak of COVID - 19, many informal workers in the unorganized sector have had difficulty getting back to their village and ensuring their general sustenance after losing their livelihood. Social support dynamics played a vital role in disproportionately affecting women. The metrics used to measure this can be to examine to what extent laborers in the informal sector depended on external sources of funding (family, friends, lenders, etc.), how much their burden of responsibility had increased, and how COVID - 19 hampered their access to basic amenities, and finally, what they were feeling about COVID - 19 emotionally. Various studies have reported the possibility of being socially distant, an increasing trend of laborers needing to borrow money from their families, and ever - increasing debt, causing them to stress a lot. The paper aims to understand how pre - existing health problems commonly found among migrant laborers have developed into newly found core morbidities. Upon the advent of COVID - 19, it becomes pertinent to know how certain facets of a laborer?s lifestyle have changed and have had profound effects on their physical and mental health. The study?s primary objective is to draw solutions to help improve existing social support mechanisms to cater to migrant laborers and help them during times of distress. Semi - structured interviews of migrant laborers in Bangalore and a questionnaire analysis to gain a perspective on self - reported health defects will be conducted for the study.
Keywords: COVID - 19, Public Health, Physical Health, Mental Health, Migrant Labourers, Rural - Urban Migration
Edition: Volume 12 Issue 9, September 2023,
Pages: 75 - 83