Shock mobility

Shock mobility is a response to acute disruptions like natural disasters, wars, pandemics or economic crises.

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Communities living close to coal mines in India face the constant threat of coal fires and land subsidence forcing them to flee their homes.

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The discontent of the millions displaced was politicised, eventually leading to a civil war and the birth of a new republic named Bangladesh.

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Those most affected by climate-induced droughts risk being trapped due to a lack of resources and networks to migrate.

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The refugee as ‘other’ has emerged as a common theme in literature from India’s north-east, after the region saw an influx of people following 1947’s Partition.

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Non-government organisations play a crucial role in promoting social cohesion between refugees and host communities.

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The mass movement of migrant workers during the pandemic allowed India’s authorities to weaken labour rights.

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Professor Ranabir Sammadar talks about the importance of increasing media awareness of the phenomenon of shock mobility.

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