Pravasalokam (‘Migrant’s World)’ started in August 2000. Produced by two independent television journalists, Rafeek Ravuther and Anasudhin Azeez, the programme was designed to help families, the majority of whom belongs to the underprivileged sections of society, to locate their missing relatives who had migrated from Kerala to various parts of the world, especially in the Gulf.
From the very first episode, the programme has become popular with Indian migrant workers and their families. The producers began to receive information about numerous cases and so tracked down 807 missing people in the Gulf (out of around 2000 Missing Cases) and provided legal, consular and travel assistance to them. The cases received by the producers’ illustrate the need for systematic intervention to assist migrant workers, especially from Kerala because of its high rate of migration, mostly of unskilled workers. At present, they have 187 pending cases and through this project, they propose to systematically follow up pending cases and provide assistance. This project was introduced by from CiMS Kerala (Centre for Indian Migrants Studies), a member of Migrant Forum Asia. Votes for the HIVOS Social Innovative Award can be cast here before the 23 November 2014.