Migration Survey Data

Since the mid-1980s, the Centre for Development Studies (CDS), Thiruvananthapuram, has been conducting pioneering research on issues concerning international and internal migration from Kerala. CDS also conducted migration surveys of Tamil Nadu, Goa and Punjab.

Kerala Migration Survey (KMS)

CDS initiated  the first Kerala Migration Survey (KMS) in 1998 to gauge the magnitude of both internal and international migration from the state. Since then, CDS has successfully completed 7 rounds of KMS. These surveys, conducted during 1998, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2013, 2016 and 2018 have generated a wealth of data having immense significance for Kerala.

These surveys represent the entire state with the potential of generating estimates at taluk level. A scientifically designed household survey based on a census based sampling frame is adequate for characteristic disaggregated analysis. The 1998 survey covered 10,000 households; the exercise expanded to include 15,000 households in 2008 and has incorporated 25,000 households in 2018. Over the last two decades, KMS has provided estimates of emigration, return emigration, out-migration, return out-migration, remittances and average costs of migration. KMS data also provides valuable information on key aspects of Kerala society, such as household composition, consumption, gender, and social groups.

In the absence of reliable data on migration globally, KMS is unique in several aspects. It is widely regarded as the first, most reliable and authentic source of data on international migration for researchers and policymakers. In 2018, it became the first exclusive migration survey series being conducted periodically over two decades.

The following KMS datasets are available for download and analysis. Researchers are encouraged to download and use these datasets for their research.

 

Year Questionnaire Code Sheet MSExcel Format MSAccess Format SPSS Format
1998 CLICK HERE CLICK HERE CLICK HERE CLICK HERE CLICK HERE
2003 CLICK HERE CLICK HERE CLICK HERE CLICK HERE NA
2007 CLICK HERE CLICK HERE CLICK HERE CLICK HERE CLICK HERE
2008 CLICK HERE CLICK HERE CLICK HERE CLICK HERE CLICK HERE
2011 CLICK HERE CLICK HERE CLICK HERE CLICK HERE CLICK HERE
2013 CLICK HERE CLICK HERE CLICK HERE NA CLICK HERE
2016 CLICK HERE CLICK HERE CLICK HERE NA CLICK HERE
2018 CLICK HERE CLICK HERE CLICK HERE NA CLICK HERE

Goa Migration Study 2008

The Centre for Development Studies, as per the request made by the Department of Non-Resident Indian Affairs, Government of Goa, conducted the Goa Migration Study in 2008. The study covered 6000 sample households in 11 taluks of Goa.

Year Questionnaire and Code Sheet MS Access Format
1998 CLICK HERE CLICK HERE

Gujarat Migration Survey 2011

Gujarat Migration Survey was conducted by the Centre for Development Studies in 2011. It was sponsored by the Non-Resident Gujarati Foundation, Government of Gujarat and Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, Government of India.
10,000 households selected through stratified random sampling and 200 PSUs (120 rural and 80 urban) covering the entire state of Gujarat and included in this survey.  This survey makes an attempt to study Gujarati emigration and return migration.

Year Questionnaire and Code Sheet MS Excel Format
2011 CLICK HERE CLICK HERE

 Tamil Nadu Migration Survey 2015

The Tamil Nadu Migration Survey (TMS 2015) was coordinated by the Centre for Development Studies as lead partner. It was commissioned by the Non Residence Tamils (NRT) Welfare Board under the Commissioner of Rehabilitation, Tamil Nadu, through funding from the Tamil Nadu planning commission. Additional resources were provided by the Loyola Institute of Social Science Training and Research, Chennai, Centre for Diaspora Studies, M S University, Tirunelveli, Central University of Tamil Nadu, Thiruvarur and Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development Institute.

The survey among 20,000 households in all the 32 districts of Tamil Nadu was coordinated by the Centre for Development Studies, Kerala, which is the lead partner in sampling, preparation of  questionnaire, data entry and analysis and report presentation.

Year Questionnaire and Code Sheet MS Excel Format SPSS Format
2015 CLICK HERE CLICK HERE CLICK HERE

Contact us at rajancds@gmail.com for any clarifications / suggestions / feedback.

Dr. S. Irudaya Rajan
Professor,
Centre for Development Studies (CDS),
Thiruvananthapuram.

How to Cite Data?
It is a healthy academic practice to provide citations of data sources used in your thesis / research papers / publications. The Centre for Development Studies expects that users of Kerala Migration Survey data should provide correct citation and acknowledgement for the data used.

For example:

Kerala Migration Survey 2003. Thiruvananthapuram: Centre for Development Studies, 2004. URL: http://cds.edu/research/ru/union-ministry-of-overseas-indian-affairs-research-unit-on-international-migration/kerala-migration-survey-data/