InvestorQ : What is the status of the migrant workers who left the cities after COVID-19? Are they planning to come back to their work places?
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What is the status of the migrant workers who left the cities after COVID-19? Are they planning to come back to their work places?

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Aditi Sharma answered.
4 months ago
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It is estimated that since the lockdown began in late March 2020, nearly 10 million migrant workers fled India’s work places in large cities and returned to their villages. Most of these workers were apprehensive that due to the lockdown they would end up being jobless, hungry and far from family during the lockdown, which led to the mass migration.

That is becoming a problem now as the businesses now need the labour to come back to restart their factories and establishments. The effects of that massive relocation are beginning to show across the country. Most of the industries in urban and industrial clusters just do not have enough workers to get back to capacity even as rural remittances fall.

The feedback is that most migrant workers are unlikely to return to the cities as long as the virus is still spreading and work opportunities are uncertain. Various states are rolling out a variety of stimulus programs, but all that is unlikely to work unless the workforce gets back to the factories. That is looking quite unlikely at this point of time.

Experts are expecting this to be a shock for industrial capacity in urban areas as well as rural incomes, rural demand and spending levels. This is likely to hurt cyclical and seasonal migrants coming from vulnerable, poor and tribal backgrounds. Already rural remittances dropped by 90% in the first 15 days of lockdown.

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