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The Economics and Politics of Resettlement in India by Madhu Bala, Shobhita Jain

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Chapter 5

Forced Migration and Coal Mining

Madhu Bala

Introduction

People are motivated by different reasons to move from country to country or from one place to another within a country. It is generally believed that whatever may be the reason, people move to such places as they aspire to be better off. However, such a simplistic explanation fails to capture the complexities that often underlie the migration phenomenon. There are, in fact, countless reasons and factors, which induce people to voluntarily and/or involuntarily get uprooted from their established communities. These motivations and factors differ in time and space. One such factor is development-induced forced migration that displaces people from one place to another. This chapter ...

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