An Empirical Study on Labour Out-Migration Its Determinants and Impacts over Agriculture: A Case of Mid-Hills of Western Development Region of Nepal

Anjan Adhikari & Virendra Singh

ABSTRACT

Migration is a glaring reality of today’s world. Further, globalization and integration of economies have added impetus to migration. In Nepalese economy the dwindling importance of the agricultural sector induces a sizeable labor migration in the quest of better livelihood especially in the hilly region in general, and in the Western Development Region, in particular. In view of this problem present study was attempted to study the determinants of migration and its impact over agriculture in Nepal. The study was based on information collected, from 40 migrant and 40 non-migrant families of two Village Development Committees (VDC) of Lamjung District in Mid-Hills of WDR, Nepal, using interview method. Logistic regression model was used to find out the determinants and linear regression model was applied to find out its impact. The variables number of male members in the family had positive impact on probability of migration other than this monthly family income, income from agriculture, and number of economically active members in the family and age of migrant exerted negative effect on probability of migration. In the same scenario the impact of labuor out migration over agriculture production was significantly negative.

Keywords: Labour out-migration; determinants, impact, migrant; logistic regression, linear regression

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