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dr. A. Bailey

Assistant Professor

Project: The Migrant Suitcase: examining the flow of norms, practices, identities and social capital between India and the Netherlands

Principal Researchers

Ajay Bailey and Prof. Inge Hutter (Groningen)

Sandhya Mahapatro and Prof. K. S. James (ISEC, India)



Funded by NWO-WOTRO under the programme 'Migration, Development and Conflict'

Project description

We aim to understand how social remittances are taken, brought back and transformed by Indian migrants, between India and the Netherlands. The development focus is not just on migrants and their families but also on diasporic philanthropy of migrants' NGOs. Building on extensive regional and thematic experience, we apply a multi-site-multi-method research approach linking migrants to their families in India. The methods include survey analysis, in-depth interviews, participatory visual methods and case studies of NGOs. This project will provide new insights into transformations of norms, identities and practices, and the accumulation of migration-related social capital for development.



Project: Ageing and Well-being in a Globalising World

NWO-ESRC-ICSSR Networking Grant  
Principal Researchers

European Principal Investigators: Dr Ajay Bailey, Professor Inge Hutter, Population Research Centre, University of Groningen, The Netherlands; Professor Dr Maria Evandrou, Centre for Research on Ageing and ESRC Centre for Population Change, University of Southampton, United Kingdom.

Indian Principal Investigators: Professor Dr K.S. James, Population Research Centre, Institute of Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, India; Professor Dr S. Irudaya Rajan, Centre for Development Studies, Thirvananthapuram, India.





Project description

 The overarching objective of this proposal is to engage a multidisciplinary international network of well-established and early career researchers to address critically important demographic issues in India, UK and Netherlands, at the intersection of two themes within the India-Europe network call: population, ageing and migration and health and well-being.

Our objective is to examine ageing and well-being in a globalized world through the:
-Comparison of demographic scenarios on ageing in India, UK and Netherlands, and linking them to social policy
-Situation of ageing and exchange of care in the context of global migration, with a specific focus on the well-being of people left behind
-Examination of the extent of intergenerational exchanges and the transmission of health vulnerabilities between generations, particularly in co-residential households
-Application of a participatory research approach for knowledge transfer, by including relevant societal stakeholders.

This will be accomplished through a set of four interlinked work packages to be pursued over a period of 36 months. The network will provide state of the art reviews of existing research in order to identify knowledge gaps and new research areas, as well as opportunities for exchange of research expertise and capacity building.



Project: Care from India: exploring Indian nurse migration and reception in Northern Netherlands

Prinicpal researcher

Ajay Bailey



Funded by the Gratama foundation (May 2011)

Project description

The research focuses on the (temporary) immigration of Indian migrants in the health sector in northern Netherlands. The UMCG faced much flakfor importing Indian surgery assistants to the Groningen.


Nurse migration is a complex issue. On the one side it results in ‘brain drain’, on the other hand it is the right of the nurse as a high skilled migrant to seek the best possible job in the globalizing labour market. The proposed project will explore

· How are nurses from India inducted into the Dutch medical system?

· How the inclusion of the Indian nurses is received by the Dutch co-workers?

· How do Indian nurses negotiate cultural and professional differences in the Dutch medical system?

· How does the Indian cultural context shape the style of care provision by Indian nurses in Northern-Netherlands?


This project is first of its kind in Northern Netherlands which can capture this emerging trend of importing skilled labor from modernizing and emerging economies such as India. With the focus on both the Indian and Dutch cultures and workers it will aid in creating a dialogue between the two groups by which they can better deliver services and at the same time the inclusion of the skilled workers can be more culturally sensitive.



Project: Ageing and wellbeing in migrant households in Dharwad, Karnataka

Principal researchers

Ajay Bailey, Jyoti Halad and K. S. James


2011- Ongoing

Funded by the UNFPA-India

Collaboration:Population Research Centrer IER, Dharwad

                          Population Research Centre, ISEC, Bangalore.

Key questions

1) What are the perceptions of elderly on the impact of their children’s migration on their health and wellbeing?

2) How do elderly manage care giving and receiving in migrant households through kin and non-kin care givers?

3) How the elderly in migrant households living with relatives differ from those elderly living on their own?

Laatst gewijzigd:10 oktober 2017 07:36

Contact information

Landleven 1
9747 AD Groningen
The Netherlands