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Migrant exodus during Covid due to lack of ‘immobility infrastructure’ in India: Expert

The Print, India, 13 November 2021 - The migrant exodus during the Covid-19 pandemic in India was due to the lack of “immobility infrastructure” in the country, said Biao Xiang, former professor at Oxford University and currently Director of Germany-based Max Planck Institution for Social Anthropology.

Xiang described “immobility infrastructure” as that set up by many governments to help countries function during a time when mobility was limited amid lockdowns. He said, “Between March and May 2020, crores and crores of migrant workers had to go home on foot in India and in my view, (it) was because the immobility infrastructure was lacking.”

He was speaking at the panel discussion ‘Social Dimensions and Disruptions Caused by Covid-19 in China and India’, organised as part of the virtual All India Conference of China Studies hosted by the Institute of China Studies (ICS) Friday.

ThePrint was a digital partner for the event.

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Source: https://theprint.in/india/migrant-exodus-during-covid-due-to-lack-of-immobility-infrastructure-in-india-expert/765377/

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