Migration, Diasporas and Sustainable Development

4th International Conference

Migration, Diasporas and Sustainable Development

Perspectives, Policies, Opportunities and Challenges

31October - 1 November 2020

India International Centre, 40, Lodhi Gardens, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi, Delhi 110003

New Delhi, India

Call for Papers


Kindly Note that the Conference Organising Committee has extended the Abstract submission deadline for second phase to 31 March 2020.

Human mobility is an age-old phenomenon, though its dynamics and character is changing over the time. Under the garb of globalization, international migration with various forms and features has been growing exponentially in the recent decades in response to global capitalistic developments. Subsequently, many migrant groups have turned into Diaspora communities across the globe. Today, Diasporasconstitutes not only a substantial but also a vital segment of population that the human civilization is experiencing today. It is considered to be one of the emerging actors that significantly influencing the socio-economic, political and cultural spheres in the national and international arena. 

The multidirectional engagement between Diasporas and Diaspora and host country and home country, and engagement in transnational and virtual platforms provides a very interesting space for academician and policy experts to engage. There are multiple dynamics involved in shaping the contour of the Diaspora and engaging them with region, nations and in the transnational spheres. 

In recent times female migration has been gradually growing across the globe, often faster than the male migration. The migration report of the UN (2015) mentioned that some parts of Europe and Africa the growth rate of female migration has already taken over their male counterparts i.e 51.9% in Europe, 51.6 % in Latin America and Caribbean, 51.9% in North America. Though traditionally migration from India has been male dominated, in the recent decade female migration has been rising. 

With growing number of Diaspora population worldwide, there is a scope for comparative analysis. There are large Diasporas in Asian and African countries. Chinese and Indian Diaspora are two of the largest Diaspora in the world, combined together they constitute roughly 85 million (60 million Chinese Diaspora 25 millions Indian Diaspora). Spread out across the globe, these two Asian Diasporas redefined the demographic, social, cultural, political and economic profiles of many countries and significantly impacting on the home countries as well. Two Diasporas provides wonderful insights on how the Diaspora and homeland engage today. People from both the countries, having old civilizational heritage, have been migrating internationally for centuries. However, it is the colonial regime under the European power which made drastic demographic change by importing substantial number of labour from these two countries after the abolition of slavery. Subsequently, the free flow of migration continued that constituted skilled, semi-skilled and professionals. The two Asian Diasporas are very much linked to their home countries despite ideological, ethnic and identity contradictions, diversities and challenges on some occasions. There are number of evidences in several countries where Diaspora engage in skill building in China, Israel and in less developed countries such as Afghanistan, Bangladesh etc. This can be done through volunteerism and through sustainable private public participation in areas that are locally feasible and marketable as well.  High Skill Diaspora can engage in public policy, research and development, business and enterprise. However there is need for more institutional platform to translate these to practice. Smaller Diasporas from Asia, Africa and Europe also provides very useful insight into the diverse range of engagement in the socio-economic and political spheres. 

India having one of the largest Diaspora in the Globe has comparative advantage to undertake academic as well as policy research to engage its Diaspora. It is already evident that, besides the socio-cultural and political significance, Diaspora has immense policy significance in the current scenarioof knowledge economy that is highly networked and virtual globalised world. 

Besides the Diaspora and homeland engagement that has positive developmental outcome, there are also conflict relations. The Jews, the Tamils, Sikhs and many other Diasporas in different parts of the world have conflict relations that provides a different way to look at not only the Diaspora homeland engagement but also how they mobilize the transnational space to fulfill their objectives.

As migration will continue to occur an Diaspora communities continue to form, evolve and engage, it is time to think on the broader global context of sustainability. UN Sustainable Development Goal 2030 emphasizes on mainstreaming migration by focusing on various interrelated issues such as international cooperation, vulnerable migrants, humanitarian crisis, return migration, female migration. 

About the Conference

The proposed conference will bring togethernational and international experts from academics, practitioner and policy bodies. It will help is consolidating the research findings related to various emerging perspectives and policies on Diaspora that will provide better insights in to the Diaspora-home country-host country-transnational relationship. The Conference will have both conceptual as well as applied areas so as to give a wholistic approach to understand the issue. The following are the Themes and Sub themes for the Book. However, all the related issues also welcome.


Keynote Speaker:

Prof. Steven Vertovec, Director, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen, Germany.
Topic : Diversification of Global Migration and the Concept of Super-diversity
... And a galaxy of globally acclaimed scholars in the panel



Confirmed Speakers in various Panels

Prof. Ravindra K. Jain, former Professor of Sociology, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Prof. Ravinder Barn, Professor of Social Policy in the Department of Law and Criminology, University of London.(UK)    

Dr A. Didar Singh, IAS(Retd)Former Secretary to Govt of India and Ex Secretary General FICCI

Prof. Binod Khadria, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Prof. Brij Maharaj, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban 



hemes and Subthemes


·       Changing nature of migration and Diaspora

·       Human Development, Entrepreneurship and Knowledge  

·       Heritage, culture and the dynamics of change 


Diaspora Policies in major countries

·      Politics of Migration and Policies on Diaspora with implications for Foreign and National Security

·      Impact of Politics on Emigration and Immigration 

·      Racism, Citizenship issue in Gulf, Visa policy of selective,  USA/Developed countries, 

·      Diaspora and Soft power diplomacy (cultural diplomacy)

Impacts of Diaspora on Foreign Policies

·      International relation and migration

·      Diaspora lobby 

·      Transnationalism 

Policies related to the Economic impacts of Diaspora

·      Remittances

·      Diaspora investment and Entrepreneurship 

·      Knowledge, Technology Transfer and International Trade

·      Diaspora Philanthropy

NGOs in Diaspora, Civil Society and Human Rights

·      Diaspora organisations and their role

·      Marriages, Custody, Adoption, Property, Hague Conventions

·      Human Trafficking

Diaspora and Global Culture

·      Diaspora in the global cultural revolution- multiculturalism and Diaspora

·      Indian Diaspora: Film, Literature, Language, Food 


New Dynamics of Diaspora Engagement

·      Virtual Diasporas and Knowledge Platforms

·      Indian Diaspora, Virtual platform and development

Regional Diasporas

·       Regional Diasporas in India and Other countries


Return and Integration

·      Return migration and rehabilitation

·      Return migration and integration

Forced Migration

·      Refugee crisis

·      Refugee and Gender



The conference will generate ideas and policy perspectives in the form of research papers which can contribute to the development sectors in home and host countries. The insights from other Diaspora engagements will certainly help to see the evolution and future engagement of migration communities and Diaspora. 


The conference will provide a knowledge platform for scholars working in policy and academic domain to share ideas, comparative perspectives on Diaspora and international migration. A large array of stakeholders at national and international level will benefits from the conference and publications thereafter. The following stakeholders will directly benefit from the conference:

·      Government Ministries:  Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Culture

·      Agencies/Departments: Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Reserve Bank of India,

·      Development Organisations working in the Migration and Diaspora 


·      Corporate Sectors: Working in the area of music, films, investment, knowledge transfer, human resource training, education sector


Important Dates (Second Phase)

Last date for receiving abstracts

31 March 2020

Confirmation of Selection of Abstracts

15 April 2020

Last date for receiving full paper

31 May 2020

Date of Conference

31 Oct- 1 Nov 2020




Dr. M. Mahalingamand Dr. Smita Tiwari

GRFDT, New Delhi


Organising Committee

Dr. Gurram Srinivas, CSSS, Jawaharlal Nehru University(JNU), New Delhi

Dr. Amba Pande,  SIS, JNU, New Delhi 

Dr. Kamala Devi, NILERD, Narela, New Delhi

Dr. Munnalal Gupta, Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University, Wardha

Dr. Nabanita Chakraborty, Hansraj College, University of Delhi

Dr. Rahul Kumar, CSSS, JNU, New Delhi

Dr. Rajeev Ranjan Rai, Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University, Wardha

Kalyani prajapati, JNU, New Delhi

Monika Bisht Research Scholar, NIEPA, New Delhi, 

Mousam, Govt Engineering College, Jhalawar, Rajastahn

Nitesh Narnolia, CUG, Gandhinagar, Gujarat

Rajiv Mishra, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Rakesh Ranjan, Faculty, TISS, Patna 

Dr. Sadananda Sahoo, SOITS, IGNOU, New Delhi.


Editorial Committee

Dr. Arsala Nizami, GRFDT, New Delhi.

Diksha Jha, Member, Amity University, NOIDA

Feroz Khan Research Scholar SOITS, IGNOU, New Delhi

Tasha Agarwal Research Scholar, Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD), New Delhi

Vijay Kumar Soni Research Scholar SOITS, IGNOU, New Delhi.

Wajda Tabassum, NIEPA, New Delhi


Amardeep Kumar, NIEPA, New Delhi

Ani Yeremyan, JNU, New Delhi

Ashwin Kumar Research Scholar SOITS, IGNOU, New Delhi.

Abhishek Yadav, JNU, New Delhi

Deepak Kumar, SOITS, IGNOU, New Delhi


Advisory Committee


Prof. Ravindra K Jain, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India

Prof. Paramjit Singh Judge, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, India, 

Prof. Renu Modi, Centre for African Studies, University of Mumbai, Mumbai. 

Prof. Rodriguez Campos Xaquin Serxo, University of Satiago, Lugo, Spain

Prof. Ana Margheritis, University of Southampton and Associate Fellow at ILAS, School of Advanced Study, University of London

Prof. Anisur Rahman Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi  

Prof. Binod Khadria,  ZHCES, JNU, New Delhi, India, 

Prof. Brij Maharaj, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Prof. Margaret Walton-Roberts Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada, 

Dr. AKM Ahsan Ullah, FASS, Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), Brunei

Dr. Amit Kumar Mishra, Global Studies, Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD), New Delhi

Dr. Camelia Tigau, Center for Research on North America (CISAN)

Dr. Jayati Bhattacharya, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore

Dr. Nandini Sen, Bharati College, Delhi University, New Delhi, India

Dr. Ankur Datta, South Asian University, New Delhi, India

Dr. Ajay Mhurkar, IGNOU, New Delhi, India

Dr. Sudeep Basu, Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India

Dr. Renu Modi, Mumbai University, Mumbai

Dr. Gulnaz Atabaeva, Ala-Too International University, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Dr. R. P. Pradhan, BITS, Pilani Goa, India



Submission Guidelines




Participant's Contribution

(to be covered for conference kits and food during the conference)

Postgraduate Students & Research Scholars

2000/- or USD 35

Other Scholars

3000/-or USD 50



Accommodation and Local Hospitality:

Global Research Forum on Diaspora and Transnationalism is a not-for-profit academic research forum and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence. However, the organisers will help you to find accommodation nearby the venue and also arrange sightseeing tour on demand with the payment. 


Guidelines for Abstracts


  • All participants are required to submit a written abstract (about 250-300 words) in .doc/x or upload the abstract on the GRFDT website www.grfdt.com(link will be given shortly) 
  • Format: 1 inch margin, 1.5 line spacing, Times New Roman, 12 font
  • The document must contain;  a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 5 keywords.


All abstracts will be peer reviewed and selected candidates will be invited for presentation. Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). If you do not receive a reply from us in a week please send a query 


Abstracts or requests for further information should be sent to: [email protected]

Kindly mention the major theme area on the top of the abstract

For more details, please visit our website: www.grfdt.com



All the papers will be peer reviewed and published in book by reputed publishers as well as in “Migration and Diaspora: An Interdisciplinary Journal” and GRFDT Research Monograph Series.



Time and Place:

Date:   Saturday, Oct 31, 2020
Venue:   India International Centre, 40, Lodhi Gardens, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi, Delhi 110003
Address:   India International Centre, 40, Lodhi Gardens, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi, Delhi 110003
City/Twon:   New Delhi
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