Indian Diaspora : National register, UN Global Migration Database and "Big Data"
Garha, Nachatter Singh

Imprint: Bellaterra Centre d'Estudis Demogràfics 2018
Description: 40 pag.
Abstract: In 2017, the Indian Diaspora was one of the biggest in the world. But until the last decade of the twentieth century, owing to the limited interest of the successive Indian governments, no regular register was maintained for the diaspora population. In 1990s, the accelerated emigration under globalization and the growing interests of Indian government to use diaspora as a source of political and economic power, raised the need to quantify the size and demarcate the geographical and political boundaries of the diaspora. Consequently, from 2001 the Indian government started to collect data about its diaspora population from the countries of destination. This data often suffers from incomplete coverage, conflicting political interests, and methodological nationalism; and provides distorted images of the diaspora. Recently, the emergence of 'UN Global Migration Database' and 'Big Data' create an opportunity to explore other aspects of the diaspora population. In this paper, our main objectives are: firstly, to quantify the size of diaspora population and demarcate the geopolitical boundaries of the Indian diaspora from available sources; secondly, to explore the role of the UNGMD and Big Data (Facebook) in explaining the socio-demographic characteristics and internal diversity of the Indian diaspora; and finally, to present the advantages and shortcomings of existing data sources on Indian diaspora population.
Note: This paper forms a part of the doctoral thesis of the author, "Indian Diaspora to Spain: Demo-Spatial Analysis and Neighbourhood Relations", enrolled in the Demography PH.D. Program in Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), under the direction of Dr. Andreu Domingo; and the I+D+I project Demography, Migrations and New Statistics Frontiers: Big Data, Continuous Population Registers and Administrative Records-BIG-GEDEM (CSO2017-85670-R) funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness (PI: Andreu Domingo)
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Language: Anglès.
Series: Papers de demografia (Centre d'Estudis Demogràfics) ; 462
Document: workingPaper
Subject: Indian diaspora ; National register ; UN Global Migration Database ; Big data ; Internal diversity



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