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Urban migration and social exclusion: study from Indore slums and informal settlements

Siddharth Agarwal

Working paper, 56 pages

Much of India’s future urbanisation will be the result of migration from rural areas and small cities and towns. These urban migrants are often invisible, voiceless and powerless. This working paper examines the different forms of exclusion and deprivation experienced by new migrants, temporary/seasonal migrants and older migrants/settlers in Indore.

It finds that temporary and recent migrants face significant challenges accessing housing and basic services, but that many older migrants have improved their situations gradually. The recommendations presented aim to integrate the different needs of migrants into India’s urbanisation agenda in the broader pursuit of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

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