Migrant flows to Delhi, Mumbai ebbing -Sriharsha Devulapalli, howindialives.com
Among the six largest metropolitan cities, Hyderabad saw the biggest inflow of migrants in the 2001-11 period, followed by Chennai and Bengaluru
NEW DELHI: The stories of cities are often shaped by the migrants they attract from other parts of the country and the world. In India too, big cities have acted as large magnets for migrants, with more than half of Mumbai and a little less than half of Delhi classifying themselves as migrants. However, the migrant flows (or the net addition to migrants) to the two biggest cities were significantly lower compared to the metropolitan cities of the south (Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Chennai) over the past decade.
In India’s six largest metros (Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru), 48% of residents were migrants in 2011, according to the migration figures the census finally released earlier this year. India’s census provides the only comprehensive measure of migration in the country and defines a migrant as someone living away from their last residence. This includes migrants who may have migrated even before the previous census round (in this case, the 2001 census). Of the 48% migrant population in metros, less than half had migrated in the period 2001-11 (the rest had come earlier).
Please click here to read more.