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Write Up

The issue of immigration has been occupying centre stage in the development literature of North East India in general and Manipur in particular in recent times. The population of the region has augmented by successive inflows of migrants thereby contributing to the economic development through the supply of cheap labour and on the other hand creating demographic imbalances. Controversy over the economic impact of immigration centers largely on concerns about employment opportunities and wages. Some claim that local workers have lost to immigrant workers thereby raising the level of unemployment and depressing wages of resident workers. The problem has many dimensions involving development, national security, culture and health issues. While the interest of the people is important, equally important is the plight of the migrants who might have been compelled to migrant by intolerable circumstances in the place of origin rather than by choice in search of better opportunities. Human development is first and foremost about allowing people to lead the kind of life they choose and providing them with the tools and opportunities to make those choices. The welfare of the people is as important as the welfare of the migrants. It is important to understand this process in a holistic manner not only to provide the optimal development intervention but also to prevent the increasingly anti-outsider outbursts which can hold the entire development process at ransom. Thus migration is an issue which needs fresh examination in our search for constraints to development in the North Eastern region. This short term training programme will be of immense help as research on migration in our region is in the infancy stage. The course content of this programme will equip me with new research methods and approaches on issues of migration that will enable me to understand better the emerging issues and consequences of migration. It will also help me to appreciate better the tools and techniques widely used in migration research and assessing the characteristics, magnitudes, flows and implication of migration. As far as migration research is concerned, the Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthpuram is one of the leading research centres in the national as well as international arena in migration research; I have come across a number of working papers published by this centre and many books authored by S.Irudaya Rajan and others on migration. If I am selected for this course, it will definitely give a new direction to young research scholar like me who is pursuing doctoral degree on migration issues of Manipur. I am looking forward for participating in short term training programme on migration.