Distribution and Patterns of Interstate Migrants in the UT of J&K and Ladakh, (India): A District Level Analysis

Author(s): Javeed Ahmad Rather

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Published: 2023-08-07


Internal migration is a crucially important source of income for low-income households and communities in developing nations. The current work aims to study distribution and patterns of inter-state in-migration in the union territory of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh (erstwhile J&K State, India). The study is based on secondary database of Census of India. Z-Score has been used for the identification of high and low interstate migrant regions in Jammu and Kashmir. Beside this, different statistical diagrams were used to present the results. The findings of the study reveals that migrants recorded in 2011 are more than double as compared to the migrants recorded in 1971. Regionally, Jammu region recorded the highest number of interstate migrants in the UT of J&K followed by Kashmir division and the lowest number of migrants recorded in the UT of Ladakh. District level analysis displays that Jammu district recorded the highest percentage of migrants followed by Kathua, Udhampur and Samba in Jammu division while as Srinagar recorded the highest percentage of migrants followed by Anantnag and Baramulla in Kashmir division. The results of the study will be used for the formulation of policies for the workers and the migrant regions of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.