Policy Briefs & Reports

Assessing the portability of social protection and services for children affected by migration: A study across five Indian states

Asaf Ali Lone, Kanhu Charan Pradhan, Manish, Mukta Naik, Shamindra Nath Roy, Sharonee Dasgupta, Sunil Kumar
Harshita Sinha


December 13, 2021

The 2020 migrant crisis in the wake of the COVID-19 national lockdown highlighted the urgent need to incorporate migrants in existing social protection mechanisms, which fail to recognize circular and seasonal mobility patterns. During the lockdown, the lack of adequate portability mechanisms meant that migrants were unable to access social protection and welfare services, including emergency relief measures, at destination locations. In this context, the study focused particularly on social protection measures to address the vulnerabilities of children and women, whose role in migration has been under-represented in the policy discourse. A summary of key findings and recommendations is presented here.