Online lecture, 13 Dec. 2021, “Boundaries, Establishment, Internal Structures, Governance, and Recent Trends of the East Asian Migration Region” (Prof. David Chiavacci)

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Dear colleagues,

I would kindly invite you to an online lecture by Prof. David Chiavacci (Professor in Social Science of Japan, University of Zurich) on migration in Asia. This lecture is organised at Institute of East Asian Studies (IN-EAST),University of Duisburg-Essen.

Title: “Boundaries, Establishment, Internal Structures, Governance, and Recent Trends of the East Asian Migration Region”

Time: Monday, 13th December 2021, from 18:00 (CET).

The lecture will be conducted via Zoom, and please register from: 


This presentation discusses the boundaries, establishment, internal structures, governance, and recent trends of the East Asian migration region. It gives an overview of international migration and its development in East Asia from a mac- ro-perspective. Concerning the type of migration, it examines primarily labor migration, which is not only the most important type of migration in the region but also the most important issue in public and political debates about immigration in East Asia. The analysis will focus on Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan as the three largest immigration economies in the region, which have kept immigration under strict control despite the huge potential for intraregional migration. It will contrast their cases with those of Malaysia and Thailand as the two East Asian countries with the largest immigration movements that are much less able to control immigration originating from other countries of the East Asian migration region. The regional context and its intraregional migration potential are crucial factors for fully understanding immigration policy in nation-states in East Asia. However, a comparison of Northeast Asian and Southeast Asian cases shows that the regional embeddedness does not fully determine national immigration policy. Especially in the case of the East Asia migration region, striking differences exist between the three Northeast Asian cases – Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan – and the two Southeast Asian cases – Malaysia and Thailand – in their immigration policy and the size of immigration movements.

This lecture is part of the BMBF-funded project “Qualification and Skill in the Migration Process of Foreign Workers in Asia”.  We are looking forward to seeing you virtually! 

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