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Gurucharan Gollerkeri and Natasha Chhabra

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199464807

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199464807.001.0001

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Looking Back in Anguish

Looking Back in Anguish

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(p.166) 11 Looking Back in Anguish
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Migration Matters
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Gurucharan Gollerkeri

Natasha Chhabra

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199464807.003.0011

India’s migration story is intertwined with its colonial history. From slave migration and the indentured labour system to free migration, there has been a change in the attitudes towards migrants and migration. Not all migration from India in the colonial period was coercive; it provided avenues for poor people to start afresh. The Indian-Americans are amongst the most successful across the world and are a testimony to the courage and enterprise of early Indian emigrants. Of late, India has emerged as one of the leaders in its number of overseas students as also its high skilled professionals. Despite this, however, the most active corridor in India is its migration to the Gulf where the majority of Indian emigrants are still of the unskilled/semi-skilled category. Central to India’s migration praxis in the future will be the imperative to diversify the destination base and help move emigration up the value chain.

Keywords:   colonial, free migration, indentured labour, overseas workers, overseas students, Indian-Americans, Emigration Act, Protector General, coolies, Kalapani

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