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Issue No:84
  • :0976 1121
  • :December
  • :2020

Samudra Report No.84, December 2020


India / Migrant Labour

At Sea, Out of Sight

A first-of-its-kind survey in coastal Andhra Pradesh, India, revealed the peculiar vulnerabilities and demands of fishworkers who migrate regularly to Odisha, Karnataka and Gujarat

This article, by Sopan Joshi, is based on ICSF’s fishermen migration survey conducted by Arjilli Dasu (, executive secretary of the District Fishermens Youth Welfare Association, Andhra Pradesh, India; B.L. Narasimha Raju ( of Andhra Pradesh, India; and the report prepared by Venkatesh Salagrama (, independent consultant based in Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh. The preliminary report was prepared by Ahana Lakshmi (, an independent researcher based in Chennai, India

When the authorities enforced large-scale lockdowns to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the vulnerabilities of migrant workers were thrown into high relief. Other than the hardships and challenges that are common to migrant labourers across sectors, migrating fishworkers face certain specific adversities. The International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) conducted a detailed survey of 14 migrant fishworkers to understand their conditions, their vulnerabilities and what is...

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