Dr Indrajit Roy studies the lives of circular and internal migrants, people who move around their own countries usually in search of work. Such internal migrants do not move permanently, but instead are coming and going constantly. So their patterns of movement change what we think about the nature of the city as an entity. In places where citizenship rights like the right to vote or social entitlements are tied to place of birth, they are often denied such rights. The aim of this project is to understand the lives of internal migrants and to encourage governments to think about local service provisioning for people who are mobile.
Dr Roy is an ESRC Future Research Leader in Oxford University’s Department of International Development and a member of the International Migration Institute.
This film is part of the Social Sciences: Bright Ideas series.