Community Radio and Social Inclusion of Migrants: Development of Training Manual

In India, there are currently more than 170 Community Radio (CR) stations on air, with nearly 400 at some stage of clearance. Many, if not most of these CRs, lie in parts of the country where migration is a significant issue- in source areas as well as destination areas. Potentially, this means a possible audience of over 25 million people today- growing to 60 million over a period of time- whom CR could involve in discussions around migration, migrant rights, and migration’s links to issues around the Right to Education, Children’s Rights and Human Development.
Given Internal Migration in India Initiative’s (IMII) mandate to increase understanding of the issue of internal migration, as well as inform migrants regarding their rights and responsibilities, arguably CR stations represent a vital opportunity to build community understanding and a supportive environment for migrant populations. It follows that building CR stations’ understanding of the issue should be a key area for IMII; especially in terms of...

In India, there are currently more than 170 Community Radio (CR) stations on air, with nearly 400 at some stage of clearance. Many, if not most of these CRs, lie in parts of the country where migration is a significant issue- in source areas as well as destination areas. Potentially, this means a possible audience of over 25 million people today- growing to 60 million over a period of time- whom CR could involve in discussions around migration, migrant rights, and migration’s links to issues around the Right to Education, Children’s Rights and Human Development.

Given Internal Migration in India Initiative’s (IMII) mandate to increase understanding of the issue of internal migration, as well as inform migrants regarding their rights and responsibilities, arguably CR stations represent a vital opportunity to build community understanding and a supportive environment for migrant populations. It follows that building CR stations’ understanding of the issue should be a key area for IMII; especially in terms of augmenting CR stations’ ability to produce socially inclusive programming for and by migrants.

Community radio, by its very philosophy represents a community-driven and community-owned platform through which communities can express themselves, as well as inform themselves. The core purpose of this manual will be to inspire CR stations to institutionalize the creation of content addressing migrant populations, and involving the migrant communities in their areas.

As a first step, it is therefore important to structure a formal training process for CR stations on internal migration, which will start by laying out the basic concepts associated with internal migration, and move on to processes by which CR stations can be more responsive to and inclusive of migrants populations. Such a training manual could eventually provide the framework for a programmatic intervention that would not only actively build the capacity of CR stations across the country, but support the creation of a body of migrant-participatory and migrant-responsive audio content.

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