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Sunday, 31 August 2008
Goa has signed a contract with the Centre for Development Studies (CDS) of Kerala for conducting a Goa Migration Monitoring Study, the Thaindian News reported.
This study will focus on regions where Goans migrated – Mumbai and Karachi, East Africa, Portugal, Britain, Myanmar, Macau, Middle East, USA and Canada and is being prepared by the Xavier Centre of Historical Studies.
“The centre is the foremost agency in India on migration studies. The purpose of the study is to collect data on migration from Goa and analyse its impact on the social and economic situation of our state,” Goa Commissioner for Non-resident Indians (NRI) Affairs Eduardo Faleiro said.
It will report on the demography of Goa, migration in historical overview, internal migration, population characteristics, international migration estimates, causes and costs of migration, estimates of remittances and their utilisation.
This study will also look at the impact of migration on education and health, consumption and investment behaviour in Goa, migration and women, migration and the elderly, and rehabilitation of returned expats, the Thaindian News reported.
Mr Faleiro announced the CDS has selected 6,000 households across the state on random sampling basis for survey and interviewing.
Some 4,000 households have already been surveyed, and 2,000 more will be completed this month. Preliminary and final reports are expected by October and November this year.
Meanwhile the Goa Commissioner for NRI Affairs Eduardo Faleiro has announced plans to hold a yearly global convention of Goans in different countries that are home to significant Goan expat populations.
This will allow the participation of those not able to come to Goa for expat meetings and also provide for greater involvement of expatriates, he told the Thaindian News.
Goan organisations are to nominate one representative based in Goa for each country with substantial Goan populations, who would submit expat grievances to the local NRI office.
Due to the peculiarities of Portuguese rule in Goa – lots of education opportunities but few jobs – Goans have been migrating far and wide for many decades now, the Thaindian News reported.

 
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