Background and Introduction

Migrant labour makes enormous contributions to the Indian economy through their hard labour in many industries and in service sector. But migrants remain on the periphery of society, with few citizen rights and no political voice in shaping decisions that impact their lives. In fact migrants are poorly endowed all-round; they come from poor families where access to physical, financial and human capital is limited and where prospects for improving living standards are constrained by their inferior social and political status. Due to their frequent movement from place to place looking for opportunity, they are also termed as floating population.
To encounter these issues, Jesuits established a unit to work for their benefit, providing them all the support that would have got at their place.

Key engagement areas

  • Accompanying Distress Migrant workers for their rights and entitlements
  • Organizing Migrant workers – awareness programmes, training sessions, meetings, celebrations, etc.
  • Help Desks – for emergency helps in accidents, deaths, wage/labour disputes, legal aid, release of migrants from prisons
  • Workshops and Seminars
  • Education of the children of migrants and night shelters
  • Networking & Collaboration- establishing linkages with organizations at sources and destinations of migration for Safe migration

What we do

  • Protect workers against exploitation and prevent them from getting into forced labour.
  • To make sure that they have access to their entitlements and government benefit programs at all places that they move.
  • We support them in getting identity proofs from the govt. agencies. This help them identify themselves.
  • We also given them legal aid and support, whenever required. As, they are often caught in a chain of contractors and middlemen and have little recourse to legal help.

In last few years we have been mobilising and promoting occupation based collectives, this has helped migrant workers to come together to find solutions to their common problems.

Network in India

  • Indian Social Institute, Delhi
  • Bagaicha (Ranchi), HLDRC (Darjeeling)
  • LISSTAR, Loyola College, Chennai, Tamilnadu
  • Loyola College, Trivandrum, Kerala
  • Sneharam, Trivandrum, Kerala
  • Jesuit Migrants Ministry–External (JMMEx), Tamil Nadu
  • Labour Commission, KRCBC, Karnataka
  • Caritas India
  • Bosco Migrant Services [BMS], Chennai