International Journal of
Sociology and Anthropology

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Sociol. Anthropol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-988X
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJSA
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 305

Full Length Research Paper

Issues of migrant workers in the context of origin and destination - Evidence from a survey in Coimbatore City, India

S. Jagadees Pandi
Department of Economics, Government Arts College (Autonomous), Karur -639 005, Tamilnadu, India.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 19 March 2012
  •  Published: 31 May 2012



The present study attempts to examine the various reasons of migration in the context of migrant’s origin and destination. Survey method using snow ball sampling technique, to identify the sample migrant workers in Coimbatore district, India has been adopted. A total of 450 samples, classifying home based workers, regular wage paid workers and casual workers, was chosen for the study. The results of the study indicated that a large percent of respondents perceived their socio-economic position at the destination is moderate whereas low socio economic status is found among most of the casual workers. High cost of living in the study area is the main reason for low economic status of migrants. However, the respondents felt more satisfaction with regard to all the aspects under consideration even though they meet some socio-economic issues in destination as they were highly deprived in the place of origin. Such satisfaction is more in the case of standard of living and social security, family life and economic security and low in their health status and savings.


Key words: Migrant workers, socio-economic issues, home based workers, regular wage paid workers, casual workers, place of origin, place of destination.