Migrant Labourers and Slums: A Sociological Study of Dehra


  • Ms. Anjali Sharma Student, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Central University of Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India


Education, health, labourers, migration, women, slums.


Presently there are millions of people who are still living in the slums. The majority of the slums are formed around the centre of urban cities in developed Countries. The people who can be found living in these slums are often poor and migrant labourers.   In India, poverty and migrants are the leading cause of slum formation and this has led to various environmental and health issues, the migration of people and the formation of slums has become a common phenomenon in India. There are similar migrant settlements around Municipal Council Dehra in Tehsil Dehra, District Kangra, Himachal Pradesh. These migrant labourers are the main reason for the creation of such settlements. The present research helps us to understand the reasons for the migration of these migrant labourers, the impact on education due to migration and the condition of women living in these slums. It is found in the study, that these migrant labourers have come to this place in search of work, which has a direct impact on the education of their children. The condition of their women and girls is also not good. They have to face many types of problems in their day-to-day life. It is also found through the research, that the economic condition of these labourers improves by the migration but their social life and physical health suffer a lot as a consequence.