The role of small cities in shaping youth employment outcomes in India and Indonesia

This research project explores the role of small cities in positively shaping the employment outcomes of migrant youth. Hypothesizing that the small city could be serving as a ‘way station’ along the migration pathways of the young, the project investigates the role of governance and policy frameworks using case cities in India and Indonesia. Exploring the experiences of young migrants in small city labour markets, the project is investigating skill development, employment outcomes, economic mobility and the impacts of these factors on migration pathways. The labour market experiences of women migrants in small cities, given their invisibility in macro-level data, will be a significant contribution of the project. Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi with collaborator JustJobs Network - a global jobs think tank, seeks to use project outputs to propose policy recommendations that enable governments to improve the employment outcomes of migrant youth, especially women migrants.