Migration and resilience: Experiences from Nepal's 2015 earthquake

The research paper examines the impact of the April 25 earthquake and its aftershocks on a range of of behavioural issues linked to migration.

In the aftermath of the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck central Nepal on 25 April 2015, and its aftershocks, particularly a major one of magnitude 7.3 on 12 May 2015, issues related to the links between migration and disaster-preparedness as well as coping strategies adopted by the affected population have come to the fore. To examine such linkages, the Centre for the Study of Labour (CESLAM) undertook a quick assessment in four of the fourteen (14) severely affected districts, namely, Sindhupalchowk, Kavrepalanchowk, Dhading and Kathmandu, to understand how households with migrants—both external and internal—have coped with the natural disaster and whether there is any evidence of greater resilience on the part of such households.

The research was undertaken with financial support from the ILO South Asia Labour Migration Governance project.