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Migration, Societal and Market Transformations- Perceptions, Debates & Policies in Asia and Europe

The movement of people across frontiers has been a constant feature of human history. However, the rapid pace of globalisation, developments in modern transport and communications, the rising gap in wealth distribution and many other factors have resulted in large scale migration and immigration of all patterns in recent times. These wide-scale patterns pose challenges to nation-states, societies and communities with impacts to bear on the economy, employment and wages, the fabric of society and culture, and issues of integration and citizenship. Bearing in mind the migration regimes of the EU and ASEAN members, the conference sought to address these complex and multi-faceted issues by gathering researchers, policy makers and activists for a series of lectures and panel discussions on approaches towards immigration, management of diversity, and the ramifications of securitisation of migration. The EU Centre has summarised the presentations made, key issues and questions raised, and policy recommendations in a concise report, or you may prefer to browse the relevant sections below.

Opening Session

  • Introduction
  • Managing Labour Mobility in the Evolving Global Economy
    Michele Klein-Solomon, Director of Migration Policy and Research, International Organization for Migration (IOM), presents an overview
  • Migration Regimes in Asia
    Manola Abella, Project Coordinator, International Labour Organization (ILO), charts the evolution of migration regimes in Asia, their socio-economic impact, including in the ‘Tiger’ economies

Panel One- Assumptions and Approaches towards Immigration

  • International Migration, an Asian Perspective
    Prof Graeme Hugo, University Professorial Research Fellow, Dept of Geographical & Environmental Studies, Adelaide University, on shifting paradigms in international migration and steps needed
  • Roots and Developments of European Migration Policy 
    Dr Marek Kupiszewski, Director, Central European Forum for Migration Research, traces developments and dilemmas in European migration policy

Country Case Studies

  • Reforming Migration Policy in Japan
    Prof Yasushi Iguchi, Kwansei Gakuin University
  • The Tug of War over Multiculturalism: Contestation between Governing and Empowering Immigrants in Taiwan
    Assoc Prof Hsiao-Chuan Hsia, Graduate Institute for Social Transformation Studies, Shih Hsin University, examines marriage migration in Taiwan
  • The ’Othering’ in Migration Phenomenon
    Braema Mathi, Coordinator, Singapore Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Body (MARUAH), points out paradoxes and ironies of migrant workers in Singapore

Panel Two- Managing Diversities: Approaches Towards Integration and Social Cohesion

  • Underlying Factors Behind the Success and Failure of Integration
    Dr Patrick Weil, Director, Centre for Study of Immigration, Integration & Citizenship Policies, University of Paris 1, Pantheon-Sorbonne, gives an overview of immigration in Europe

Panel Three- The Securitisation of Migration: Consequences and Impact

  • Securitization of Migration or Effective Migration Management?
    Irena Vojackova-Sollorano, Regional Representative, Regional Representative for Southeast Asia, International Organization for Migration (IOM)
  • The Migration-Security Nexus in Asia: Exploring Levels of Analysis Issues
    Dr Melissa Curley, Lecturer in International Relations, University of Queensland, analyses the definitions of illegal migration
  • The Many Faces of Migrants: Securitisation and its Discontents
    Nur Azha and Kevin Punzalan, RSIS Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies, call for a desecuritisation of migration and a more human-security centric approach


  • Areas for further research