The paper addresses the complexities arising from an interaction between
both South-South and South-North migration in the sub-region of South
Asia and their implications for social service provisioning and social
policy. The vulnerabilities in the South countries of Asia do arise from
the unstable migration policies of the North countries worldwide. They
affect both the migrants and their families at the micro level and the
societies and countries of migrants at the macro level. These can be
ameliorated a great deal through social development resulting from the
interventions of social service provisioning and social policy, without
which the economic policies of growth are bound to always remain
lopsided. The first concrete steps towards bridging this gap would
perhaps be that the South countries must show South-South cooperation
based on evidence-based research and guided by the principle of
This paper was prepared for the UNRISD – IOM – IFS project on Social
Policy and Migration in Developing Countries.
Migration and Social Policy in Asia.