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Gujarat: Surge in women involved in fish processing industry in Saurashtra by Paul John August 01,2019   |  Source: Times of India

Gujarat has witnessed a 65% rise in influx of migrants born outside the state between two census years of 2001 and 2011. A large portion of them are women whose numbers have increased by 70.7% compared to men’s 63.14%. But more startling is the fact that there has been a 79% rise in migration from outside the state to Gujarat’s urban areas. The state’s rural areas, however, have seen an increase of only 13%.

A large change in percentage of preference of migrants for cities is seen in case of migrants from Bihar which has seen a 167% increase to Gujarat’s urban areas followed by Kerala (116%), MP (116%) and West Bengal (112%). The largest share of migrants to Gujarat are from Rajasthan. On the flip side, migration of citizens from Jharkhand has increased in Gujarat’s rural areas by 78% between 2001 and 2011.

Researchers Ramya Behera, Deepak Panda and Pritirekha Daspattanayak from the University of Cuttack argue that states like Gujarat are known for their robust and flourishing local economies, thus attracting large numbers of workers. “Gujarat is one of the few states which is a manufacturing powerhouse with world-class production capabilities in textiles, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals and agro-based products.

The state has a large number of medium and

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