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Choosing a Destination and Work: Migration Strategies of Nepalese Workers in Uttarakhand, Northern India

Abstract : In far-western and mid-western Nepal, where food shortages are prevalent, migration to India for work purposes has been a common livelihood strategy for a large part of rural households for at least two or three generations. In this paper, the focus is on male migrants who are part-time peasants in Nepal and part-time workers in Uttarakhand, northern India. Strategies to choose both a destination and work are studied in order to understand the spatial dimensions of migration. Factors such as the availability of work, networks, proximity, and concepts about space influence the choice of a destination made by migrants, who have to find a balance between constraints and ambitions.
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Tristan Bruslé. Choosing a Destination and Work: Migration Strategies of Nepalese Workers in Uttarakhand, Northern India. Mountain Research and Development, International Mountain Society, 2008, 28 (3/4), pp.240-247. ⟨10.1659/mrd.0934⟩. ⟨halshs-01694741⟩

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