Politics India's migrant workers fall through cracks in coronavirus lockdown Updated : April 21, 2020 03:21 PM IST For decades, villages across India have been emptying out. To many people, the decision is one of simple arithmetic: to earn $6 per day instead of $3 back home. Around $30 billion flows from urban to rural areas in India each year, according to government and academic estimates. For many of India's estimated 140 million migrant laborers, the epidemic is much more than a threat to their health – it endangers their very economic survival. Subscribe to Moneycontrol PRO at just Rs.33/- per month for the first year. Use code SUPERPRO. Limited period offer. Available on Web and Android.