Migration Support Centres

Our Approach

We embarked on the journey of providing holistic support to migrants and their families in the year 2013 with the launch of Agrasar Bachpan – wherein we teach their children who do not go to schools, facilitate their admissions in formal schools and then work towards enhancing the quality of education in these schools where most of the children belong to migrant communities. The program evolved further over the last nine years as diverse needs of migrant workers and their families started taking priority in our journey towards a caring and compassionate society for all. Today, through our Migration Support Centres, we focus on enabling Gainful and Progressive Employment, Basic Entitlements related to Identity, Education, Health and Financial Inclusion and humane, thriving working conditions.

A Practical Guide to Acts and Rules applicable to “Migrant Workers” in India

For Development Practitioners

| Published in July, 2020 |

Acts and Rules First PageThis document is a compiled and abridged version of the major labour laws that exist in the country along with the recent amendments. Each law is preceded by a scenario which will allow the reader to connect further with the everyday issues faced by workers. For better understanding, readers should try to apply the major sections of the law to the scenario and develop their own understanding. The document is designed for perusal of development practitioners for whom understanding needs to be in a practical manner to be further disseminated through the community.However, while consulting the document, one needs to be aware that these labour laws have been formulated for a different era and have mostly remained unchanged over decades. There is a need to make these archaic laws friendly for both the employer and the employee so that the whole system benefits. This document is the first step towards making the existing laws understandable and easy for our development practitioners so that they have a baseline to judge the laws, use them as much as possible and further move towards advocacy.

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What we do

Migration Support Centres | DDU-GKY

DDUGKY ORMAS Social Assimilation, Identity Documentation, Financial and Legal Literacy, Placements, Post Placement Support, Linkages with ESI, PF and other government schemes for the people who have migrated from Odisha through ORMAS (under DDU GKY skilling program) and working in Delhi, Bahadurgarh, Gurugram and Hyderabad.

Migration Support Centres Gurgaon

Macquarie Supported Social Assimilation, Identity Documentation, Financial and Legal Literacy, Placements, Post Placement Support, Linkages with ESI, PF and other government schemes for people who have migrated from rural parts of various states in India and working in Gurgaon, Rewari and Bhiwadi regions.

Legal Aid Cell

Legal Aid Ensuring legal awareness among workers through capacity building workshops and provision of legal aid to them for engaging with complex legal cases with contractors or principal employers. This facility is run in collaboration with Aajeevika Bureau and seek support from Aajeevika Helpine on need basis.

Agrasar Saathis

DDUGKY ORMAS Socially concerned and proactive Youths among the primary stakeholders are identified, trained and collectivised as "Agrasar Saathis" who inturn support their fellow community members on all the aspects dealt by Agrasar.

Community Radio

'Career Express' covers a wide range of topics including Career Counselling, Interview Tips, Time Management, Stress Management, Job Search, Rights at Workplace, Awareness about Sexual Harassment, Financial Literacy, ESI, PF and more.

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Field Research

Research Our program design is informed by thorough research studies that we consistently keep doing to better understand various facets of our migration support work.

Our Impact

How We Do It

Tidings from the field

Regular Health Camps are being organised at our Migration Support Centre in Bhiwadi, which is run in collaboration with Odisha Government (ORMAS) under DDU-GKY scheme of Ministry of Rural Development. The camps mainly focuses on preventive healthcare, identifying nutritional deficiency and advising people on practices they can follow in their context.

Monthly Meeting of community corps in Gurugram. "Community Corps" are central to our work on migration support. These are general or theme based solidarity groups of people belonging to migrant communities and are willing to support their fellows by regularly putting in time and efforts.

Last December, 55 students visited Pizza Hut at Ansal Plaza. The students got a glimpse of how the kitchen and store are managed. Through such exposure visits, the youngsters learn and get to explore job opportunity in various sector.

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"Berozgaari" - A Research Report on status of unemployment among migrant workers in Gurugram

During Covid (un)Lockdown month of June 2020

| Published in July, 2020 |

Berozgaari First PageThis report brings in insights from a rapid survey of 108 migrant workers to understand their employment status as at mid-Jun20. This Survey shows that almost half of these workers are unemployed, despite the majority of this sample being skilled workers. Even those who have found employment have a large proportion whose incomes are much lower than their already meagre pre-COVID19 salaries. Many of them do not want to continue in the same jobs. Of the unemployed in Gurugram, majority are ready to do a lesser paying/lower skilled jobs but are uncertain of job prospects and most have borrowed money from landlords and friends/family to survive. Those who have gone back to villages are still mostly unemployed. In fact, money, not Corona virus, is the main concern for both the employed and the unemployed. If this is the state of this largely skilled sample of workers, one can only imagine the even worse status of the less skilled workers/daily wagers.There is a need for a more co-ordinated employment approach by the government and industry to improve this situation and a desperate need for cash-transfers to the unemployed until they are back in gainful employment. Employers also need to do better to retain their workers and for better productivity.

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"Unworthy?" - A Research Report on salaries of migrant workers in Gurugram

During the covid lockdown period in 2020

| Published in May, 2020 |

Unworthy? First PageIn May 2020, Agrasar, in partnership with Safe in India, conducted a rapid survey of migrant workers for their April 2020 wages and found that despite the government announcement regarding employers paying their employees in full for the months of March and April, 75% of the migrant workers were yet to receive their salary. 77% these workers remained in their pre Covid-19 place of residence hoping to get a call soon but only half of them received a call from their previous employer. In May 2020, the government withdrew this mandate leaving the migrant workers to fend for themselves. SII and Agrasar have once again partnered to conduct a rapid survey of 111 migrant workers to understand their employment status post the lockdown.

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"What can safeguard workers?" - A Research Report on workers' accidents in manufacturing Industry

Case Studies and Stakeholders' Response

| Published in September, 2015 |

Safeguard First PageThe industry has several manufacturing clusters in India, of which the Delhi-Gurgaon-Faridabad region is one among the largest four. This region is home to many Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM), and Sub Contractor manufacturers ranging from tier-1 to tier-3 who employ over 80,000 workers across a very large number of factories in the region. This Study focuses only on the Gurgaon-Manesar belt within this larger region. Despite, and to some extent due to, its growth and success, more than a thousand workers meet with serious accidents just in the Gurgaon–Manesar belt every year. Most of these accidents lead to permanent disabilities, followed by either a loss of or significant deterioration in the employment of such injured workers. Unsurprisingly, while laws regarding work place safety, post-accident care and compensation do exist, there is an absence of strong and effective institutional mechanisms to support their implementation. This had led to unnecessarily hazardous working conditions, a low level of safety consciousness and training and inadequate post-accident treatment, care, compensation and rehabilitation. Injured workers are therefore often left with long term psychological and physical damage, with it consequent financial implications.

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