International Migration in the Asia–Pacific Region: Emerging Trends and Issues

Graeme Hugo

in International Migration

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780199269006
Published online August 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601309 | DOI:

Series: International Studies in Demography

 International Migration in the Asia–Pacific Region: Emerging Trends and Issues

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With more than half the world's population, the Asia‐Pacific Region has become the world's major source of international migrants, although there is also a great deal of migration within and into the region. The mobility has increased in scale and complexity involving refugees, south‐north migrants, overseas contract workers and student migration. Remittances are now a major factor in the economies of several sending nations, females are increasingly participating in the migration, undocumented migration is expanding exponentially and governments in both origin and destination countries have become more involved in influencing movement. Migration in the region is being facilitated by a flourishing immigration industry and an expanding set of strong migration networks. The impacts of migration on development in the region are complex with both brain drain and positive economic effects of emigration in evidence.

Keywords: Asia‐Pacific; brain drain; international contract migration; migration and development; migration industry; migration networks; migration of women; remittances; south‐north migration; student migration

Chapter.  11930 words. 

Subjects: Economic Systems

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