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Accepted for publication in the Indian Journal of Social Psychology


The announcement of a nationwide lockdown in India in March 2020 in response to the CoVID-19 pandemic led to an exodus of migrant workers back to their homes. With the passage of several months, these reverse migrants eventually reached their homes and re-entered their own communities.
In our 5 villages too, around 500 young men returned from the cities as reverse migrants. This study assessed the impact of the later phase of the CoVID-19 pandemic and lockdown on these reverse migrants, and compared this impact with the local residents, who have never migrated.
Our results were different from what the literature on the subject suggested but did not surprise us.

No significant depression or anxiety was found in the reverse migrants group. These findings can be attributed to factors such as social support from the community members, engagement in work and the use of approach-based coping mechanisms.