Analysis of conceptualization of migration: A geographical perspective

Abhay Kumar, Sandesh Yadav


The present research article deals with the aspect of meaning and conceptualization of migration from the geographers point of view. Though, the debate is age-old and aspect of migration is dealt by different disciplines in different ways ranging from social processes (sociology) to qualitative and quantitative research (economics) but what we are failing is to cover migration from the geographers perspective. The purview of Geography as a discipline is much more wide as compared to other disciplines and encompasses socio (social geography), economic (economic geography), demographic (population geography), urbanization (urban geography) attributes of different disciplines. This interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary nature of geography bridges the gap in the conceptualization of the migration. Though the process of migration involves ‘to and fro’ movement of people between different geographical boundaries but the migrants belongs to all strata of society, religion, caste, rich, poor, dependents, independents and all age groups which compel the geographers to analyze all possible factors and movements taking place within the different geographical boundaries. At this vary point, it becomes extremely important to understand the meaning and conceptualize the process of migration with special reference to India. The present study is based on comprehensive literature survey involving research papers, reports, documents of governmental and non-governmental organizations. The study is an attempt to explore that how scholars, intellectuals and bureaucrats percieve the process of migration and how they define the process of migration as per their notion? The study attempts to identify the loopholes in the process of conceptualization of migration.


Migration, Meaning, Conceptualization, Geographical boundaries.

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