WASHINGTON: The nationwide lockdown in India which started about a month ago has impacted nearly 40 million internal migrants, the World Bank has said.
“The lockdown in India has impacted the livelihoods of a large proportion of the country’s nearly 40 million internal migrants. Around 50,000–60,000 moved from urban centers to rural areas of origin in the span of a few days,” the bank said in a report released on Wednesday.
According to the report — ‘COVID-19 Crisis Through a Migration Lens’ — the magnitude of internal migration is about two-and-a-half times that of international migration.
“Lockdowns, loss of employment, and social distancing prompted a chaotic and painful process of mass return for internal migrants in India and many countries in Latin America,” it said.
Thus, the COVID-19 containment measures might have contributed to spreading the epidemic, the report said.