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Philip Kreager, Bruce Winney, Stanley Ulijaszek, and Cristian Capelli

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199688203

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199688203.001.0001

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Constructing Migration in South-East Asia

Constructing Migration in South-East Asia

conceptual, empirical, and policy issues

(p.292) Chapter 10 Constructing Migration in South-East Asia
Population in the Human Sciences

Graeme Hugo

Oxford University Press

Demographic research on Asian populations has focused on movements which are more or less permanent displacements from one area to another, but the reality of contemporary mobility involves significant circularity, reciprocity, and exchange, and is often temporary. Both internal and international migration have become significant components of population and social change and economic development. This is demonstrated with respect to international mobility by examining patterns linking Australia with several Asian countries, the unusual completeness of Australian and some historical Indonesian migration data revealing the heterogeneity of demographic behaviour. A comparative framework for migration research, based on a continuum of forms of movement, with multiple criteria differentiating them, is outlined. Documenting heterogeneity is critical not only for understanding, but for policy and programme interventions. The chapter notes a number of opportunities in Asia to expand demographic research on migration, and makes specific suggestions regarding how we can better investigate its heterogeneity.

Keywords:   migration, internal and international, Indonesia, Australia, Asia, population heterogeneity, policy

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