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This article is written by Shivani Sharma, from Symbiosis Law School, NOIDA. This article deals with the forced migration and Indian legal system.


Forced migration or forced displacements is generally a basic term in which people are forced to leave their home or country, because of the violence, fights. The International organization of migration defines the forced migrant and says that a person is said to called be a forced migrant when he wants to escape from any situation like conflict ,repression ,natural and human made disaster, ecological degradation, or any situation which is not good for their lives and their day to day living and who  has become forced  to migrate without his/ her willingness. We can call them refugees also but it has a different legal definition which differs the same. Basically refugees are the people who have been forced to cross national boundaries and who cannot return home safely.

Migration of people is constantly happening, but in a stable society it usually happens because a person chooses to do it. Forced migration occurs when people’s lives, well-being or freedom is endangered. They may have little or no choice but to move. In some cases, such as human trafficking and slavery, in which the people are physically and forcefully removed from their homes. Occasionally, the government forces the people and communities out of their homes or homelands for the purposes of economic development and military. It has most often been associated with the building of dams, bridges and to create more infrastructures or for the military bases. Migration can also be forced by natural disasters, where people are forced to move out from an area but it is a positive forced migration This is usually for  temporary basis, and people can return to their land once it is safe.

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The International association for the study of forced migration defines that movement of the people who forcefully moved includes the movements of the refugees, the people who displaced internally because of the conflicts in the counter and as well as the people displaced because of natural or environmental disasters ,chemical or nuclear disaster, famines or development projects. The United Nations high Commission of Refugees states that  after considering the situation of the past 32 years that almost half of the percentage of total refugees are the children who separated from their parents.


Natural Calamities

A single calamity can spell disaster for communities whose lives and livelihoods rely on regular, successful harvests. In many countries like India where Concern works — including agriculture and fishing droughts have become a great impact which forced the people to leave their homes and homelands without the ability to grow food. They rely on this food to feed themselves, their livestock, and their livelihoods.

Drought also leaves families without access to clean water, often leading to them turning to dirty water as their only alternative for bathing, drinking, and growing crops. For families, this can mean going for days without food. They may also resort to using contaminated water.

War & conflict

The most common factor for forced migration around the world is conflict. Most recently, the world’s focus has been on the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar, with nearly 75% of the country’s Muslim population fleeing to neighboring Bangladesh in the wake of violence and ethnic cleansing.

Some migrants are forced to cross the national borders due to wars and conflicts are held in his/her country because of some issues on the basis of religion, political, social, caste etc.

Economic development

It is one of the most important causes of forced migration. It is generally for the construction of dams and bridges but it is especially for the constructions of malls and buildings etc., in which the owner or the person related to the construction process wants the people to go far from that area and for the sake of same they forcefully transfer the people from that area and shift them to the road side slums without giving them jobs, money food for the survival.


Whether the refugees get the citizenship of the country

The question raises whether the refugees who came from other countries and living in India for a long time get the Indian citizenship or not to answer this issue. The article has been referred from Indian Bar Association titled India’s refugee policies.

The goal of migration is picking up citizenship or nationality in an alternate nation. In India, the arrangements of the Constitution for the most part administer the law identifying with citizenship or nationality. The Constitution of India accommodates single citizenship for the whole nation. The arrangements identifying with citizenship are contained in Articles 5 to 11 in Part-II of the Constitution of Indian. Article 5 expresses that at the initiation of this Constitution, each individual having a place with the accompanying classes, who has his residence in the domain of India, will be a resident of India:

  • Who was conceived in the region of India; or
  • Both of whose guardians was conceived in the domain of India; or
  • Who has been commonly occupant in the region of India for at the very least five years promptly going before such beginning.

There are various perspectives relating to outcasts, which are of real significance both to India, as a nation and to the exiles, especially with regards to law implementation. Given the security situation winning in the nation, especially emerging out of the job of a portion of the neighbor’s in such a manner, a completely helpful issue like the ‘outcasts’ has come to be impacted by contemplations of national security.

While peace is a State subject under the Indian Constitution, worldwide relations and universal outskirts are under the selective domain of the Union government. This has brought about an assortment of offices, both of the Central just as the State governments, managing displaced person matters associated with law requirements. Additionally, all approaches administering displaced people are set somewhere near the Union government however the effect of the outcast issue in that capacity must be borne by the State organization to a more prominent degree if not completely.

They need to ensure that the rules that everyone must follow are authorized as to displaced people without in any capacity disregarding or killing security contemplations. However, simultaneously, it is additionally their duty that the philanthropic suggestions so distinctively and indivisibly connected with outcasts when all is said in done, are not dismissed. It ought to be valued that an individual turns into a displaced person in view of conditions, which are past that individual’s control, frequently impactful. She/he is left with no other alternative however to escape from human rights infringement, financial and political frailty, summed up viciousness, common war or ethnic struggle all these prompting trepidation of abuse.

Article 1 Para. 2 of the 1951 United Nations Convention characterizes ‘exile’ as “An individual who attributable to all around established dread of being abused for reasons of race, religion, nationality, participation of a specific social gathering or political assessment, is outside the nation of his nationality and can’t or, inferable from such dread, reluctant to benefit himself of the insurance of that nation.”

There are four well-characterized gatherings of outsiders who are not quite the same as ‘evacuees’. These classes are:

Transitory Residents, Tourists and Travelers-People under this classification come to India for a particular reason and span with the earlier authorization of the Government of India. In any case, in specific conditions any one in this classification could end up qualified for being an exile, if, during their visit in India, the circumstance in their nation of birthplace turns out to be, for example, to imperil their lives and freedom if they somehow managed to come back to their nation.

Unlawful Economic Migrants-Any outsider who may have left his or her nation of birthplace without due approval from the experts concerned, both in the nation of inception just as the nation of goal, exclusively to improve his or her financial prospects, isn’t an exile. All things considered, there is no component of oppression or pressure convincing the person to leave the nation of beginning.

Crooks, Spies, Infiltrators, Militants and so forth-None of these can ever wind up qualified to be evacuees. They must be managed under the arrangements of the Indian criminal laws just as some other exceptional laws in power despite the fact that some of them might be in control of legitimate travel archives.

Inside Displaced Persons (IDP)- Those people, who are escaping abuse and human rights infringement from one area of the nation and have looked for asylum in another locale of a similar nation, fall under this class. Such people can’t be classified as ‘evacuees’ as they have not crossed any universal fringe. Also, they have the assurance of their national government. These people are classified as ‘inside uprooted people’s (IDP)

Despite the fact that India has been the home for a huge number and assortment of displaced people all through the past, it has managed the issues on a respective premise. It has been watching an ‘outcast system’ which by and large adjusts to the global instruments regarding the matter without, be that as it may, giving a formal shape to the practices received by it as a different rule. Exiles are no uncertainty ‘outsiders’. Despite the fact that there might be a case to recognize them from the remainder of the ‘outsiders’, the present position in India is that they are managed under the current Indian laws, both general and uncommon, which are generally pertinent to all outsiders. This is on the grounds that there is no different law to manage ‘outcasts’. For a similar reason, cases for exile ‘status’ are considered on a case-by-case premise. UNHCR frequently assumes a corresponding job to the endeavors of the Government, especially as to confirmation about the person’s experience and the general conditions winning in the nation of root. That office likewise assumes a significant job in the resettlement of outcasts and so forth.

All together for a petitioner evacuee to advance a real case for assurance of exile status, it is essential to gather every one of the archives that the inquirer can marshal in help of the grounds of mistreatment or dread thereof bringing about departure from the nation of starting point. The documentation might be as a character card of work with some legislative office in the nation of root, or a personality card demonstrating participation of a specific gathering. Creation of the equivalent would be proof of a case of contribution with specific gatherings and would likewise serve to demonstrate the petitioner’s character. Whatever other data that the petitioner might probably accumulate to demonstrate explicit mistreatment or dread thereof, for example, names of persecutors, pioneers of gatherings associated with submitting abuse, subtleties of regions where oppression is submitted will help reinforce the instance of the inquirer.

Thus, the petitioner must most likely set up the entirety of his announcements to meeting experts in a reliable way, without inconsistencies. On the off chance that there are evident inconsistencies between the announcements made by the petitioner himself at various occasions to various people, his case to outcast status might be rejected. The announcements made by the petitioner should likewise not be conflicting to the general data accessible on the nation of beginning. Certification and affirmation of realities relating to mistreatment is a fundamental factor in deciding displaced person status. On account of INS versus Cardoza Fouseca elucidation of the “very much established dread” standard would specify “insofar as a target circumstance is built up by the proof, it need not be demonstrated that the circumstance will most likely bring about oppression, yet it isn’t sufficient that mistreatment is a sensible probability… “. The above standard was considered in R versus Secretary for the Home Department, the instance of ex parte Sivakumaran. The judgment proposed that the ‘test’ ought to think about whether there is a proof of a “genuine and considerable peril of oppression”

India does not have on its rule book a particular and separate law to administer outcasts. Without such a particular law, all current Indian laws like The Criminal Procedure Code, The Indian Penal Code, The Evidence Act and so on apply to the displaced people too.

On account of India, the choice as to whether to treat an individual or a gathering of people as outcasts or not is assumed to be the benefits and conditions of the cases preceding it.

In 1989, when the Myanmar specialists began stifling the expert vote based system development in that nation and around 3,000 nationals of that nation looked for shelter in India, the GOI announced that as per well-acknowledged universal standards characterizing exile status, no real outcast from Myanmar would be turned back and truth be told; they were acknowledged as evacuees by the GOI. Comparative is the situation of Sri Lankan Tamil evacuees crossing the ocean to enter the southern Indian State of Tamil Nadu. The Government of India pursued a particular evacuee strategy with respect to Sri Lankan outcasts and allowed them section in spite of the way that the displaced people did not have travel archives.


Despite the fact that India isn’t a signatory to the 1951 Convention on displaced people and furthermore the 1967 Protocol, it is a signatory to various United Nations and World Conventions on Human Rights, outcast issues and related issues. Consequently its commitments as to displaced people emerge out of the last mentioned. India has additionally casted a ballot certifiably to receive the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which certifies rights for all people, natives and non-residents alike.

Migration under urbanization is good or not

Reference has been taken from Wilson Centre titled “Policies of Indian migration”

Migration from rural to urban areas generates a series of concerns, including worries about environmental stress and social adaptation of the migrants themselves. Since migration feeds urbanization, and since urban growth is associated with industrial development (pollution) and land consumption, migration is often held culpable in environmental degradation. Although the link is there, it is not clear how strong that link is. 

Direct public policies regarding environmental conditions, the underlying infrastructure for transportation, and the national level of income may have much more to say about the amount of insult visited upon the environment than the amount of rural-urban migration per se. As income rises, so does consumption of consumer goods, transportation, and land. These all can lead to more pollution and sprawl in any country. But as the level of income rises so does the demand for a cleaner local environment, and so there is an element of feedback in all of this.

There is another demographic component of the comparison. It is useful to remember that a large fraction, maybe nearly half, of urban growth is generated just by natural increase of the urban population. Thus, stemming urbanward migration will not stem urban growth. This reminds us that in the absence of migration but in the presence of positive population growth rates, there is more “population pressure” in both urban and rural areas. Migration may be more implicated than its true demographic contribution would warrant. Not that the increasingly intensive use of rural and quasi-rural areas can lead to soil erosion, deforestation, and the like. This might lead one to call for stronger emphasis on fertility reduction measures, but the demographic community seems somewhat agnostic about the empirical connection between population growth and environmental conditions. The other major area of concern in urban ward migration is that of the absorption of migrants into the host community.

Migrants have always generated apprehension about their ability to mix into the receiving society. Migrants are seen as adapting slowly or not at all. Empirical evidence runs counter to this. In many studies of immigrant adaptation in the United States, the first generation exhibits substantial differences from the native population along socioeconomic lines: income, education, language ability, etc. By the second generation, however, differences are narrowed considerably. Even if one does not adjust for background characteristics, the second generation gap is modest compared to the first generation gap. But when one does adjust for the (usually lower) level of resources for members of the second generation, the gap narrows even more. Work with nationally representative longitudinal data on immigrant achievement in school illustrates the point. Once we control for family characteristics (parental presence and supervision, socioeconomic status) and starting point in school, the trajectory of subsequent school achievement does not differ for immigrant children. 

It is time for policy-makers to respond to migration rather than try to control migration. This is the case for internal migration and displacements. The opening of markets within and between countries will produce further internal and international redistribution. 

Should government provides employment to migrants

Reference has been taken from World Bank report titled “How migrants can help courtiers fill labor gaps”

There are numerous misguided judgments and legends about transients and their impacts on a nation’s activity. Be that as it may, transients can help the economies of both sending and getting nations, as long as each gathering focuses on key zones of strategy. For instance, in transitory laborer programs, it is significant for sending nations to concentrate on the pre-choice, pre-flight, movement and post-relocation stages exclusively. Getting nations, in the meantime, should take a gander at advancing a superior work power involvement through aptitudes training and socioemotional support, securing laborers’ prosperity and avoiding outstays.


Forced migration is a long lasting process within the country or internationally. We can not stop it, but can make our policies such a way in which we can use them as manpower or labor purposes.

As far as the law is concerned our legal system is governed by the constitution provisions as mentioned in it. There are numerous misguided judgments and legends about transients and their impacts on a nation’s activity. Be that as it may, transients can help the economies of both sending and getting nations, as long as each gathering focuses on key zones of strategy. For instance, in transitory laborer programs, it is significant for sending nations to concentrate on the pre-choice, pre-flight, movement and post-relocation stages exclusively. Getting nations, in the meantime, should take a gander at advancing a superior work power involvement through aptitudes training and socioemotional support, securing laborers’ prosperity and avoiding outstays.


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