What are the effects of various interventions and approaches used for enhancing poverty reduction and development benefits of ‘within country migration’ in South Asia?

A systematic review and contextualisation report on implication of evidence for South Asia


South Asia has a heterogeneous group of countries which create a wide range of push and pull factors such as civil war, employment search, environmental variations, and internal conflicts inducing within country migration. Policies focusing on the root cause and the pull factors inducing migration would aid in facilitating and deriving benefits both at the sending and receiving locations minimising the vulnerabilities faced by migrants. Given the heterogeneity in the policy interventions methods, implementation challenges, demographics and outcomes a rigorous review of research evidence on the impact of both the direct and indirect interventions for migrants in South Asian is required for improved policy advocacy. The aim of this systematic review is to synthesise the findings of quantitative and narrative research conducted on the benefits of interventions for migrants and to assess the impact of various interventions in terms of outcomes, direct/indirect effects and circumstances that make the intervention succeed or fail.   

This report was commissioned under the Department for International Development’s DFID Systematic Review Programme for South Asia.


  • Babu MS, Gopalaswamy AK, Baskar V, and Dash U (2017) Effects of interventions and approaches for enhancing poverty reduction and development benefits of ‘within country migration’ in South Asia. A systematic review. London: EPPI-Centre, Social Science Research Unit, UCL Institute of Education, University College London.
Published 1 November 2017