Relationship Between Education and Migration

There exists a strong relationship between education and migration that has a direct impact on a person’s decision to migrate and on his education due to migration. When migrating, it is obvious that one’s skills are also transferred, which might not be that sharp because of living in a rural area, which makes it difficult for them to compete with the outside world.

With all the inventions and new technologies coming, the world is constantly moving ahead in terms of generating an economy and education. Anyone who does not keep pace will be left behind, and this is the reason why so many from the younger generation are now deciding to migrate or go abroad. They find better sources of education outside India than in India. Their preference for education in Western countries demonstrates how problematic and backward our education system is, which still confines students’ abilities and ideas to a four-walled classroom. They are not trained to think creatively, which is why they fail to find alternatives to the betterment of lifestyles here, and thus India is still a developing nation and not a developed nation. Authors like Jesse Richardson and Ken Robinson explain the problems of most countries’ education systems.

They say that children should be taught “how to think, not what to think”. The creativity of a child instead of being killed should be given a space to be explored. The logical fallacies which are an area of critical thinking need to be encouraged to be developed. Subjects like arts which include Psychology, Journalism, Archaeology, Tourism and Travel and such other discipline social sciences aren’t given much importance in a country like India. There is a hierarchy of subjects just like the hierarchy of caste.

Science is considered to be the most superior. Hence, students who wish to pursue their careers in fields like art and culture but find no scope here are compelled to migrate to the western suburbs. It’s not even that they can return to their original location after finishing their education because there are no jobs available for the courses they master because they aren’t respected enough. Whereas outside, there is scope in such fields, hence the student, after transforming into a mature individual, decides to settle there permanently.

This way the country keeps losing its talented brains and these brains contribute to other countries development when it could have been the other way. They not only regulate their economies but also add to their societal cultures and bring back their influence to their native place on returning. This is why India is becoming more of an influenced country. This was the psychological perspective of the education system that makes one migrate. We already know that the economic factor here contributes majorly.

Migrants invest heavily in education in order to travel and settle in their destination country. The not-so-rich class takes advantage of the scholarships, but the ones who don’t go through them invest huge amounts of money. Those with weaker financial standing borrow money and incur debt. There is a complex interplay between education and migration. There is also a gender bias in education. Even though women might be allowed to be educated, they won’t be allowed to migrate in order to earn over long distances or even short distances because they ! aren’t considered capable enough as compared to men to contribute to the economy efficiently.

In fact, in rural areas, investing in a woman’s education is not considered at all because it’s assumed that they can’t bring in profitable gains and their employment involves a lot of exploitation. Thus, women’s movement is restricted irrespective of whether they are educated or not. It is important to establish educational equality, more incentives and scholarships, and job opportunities at the place.

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