1st Edition

Asian Migrations Social and Geographical Mobilities in Southeast, East, and Northeast Asia

By Tony Fielding Copyright 2016
    300 Pages 38 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    300 Pages 38 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This textbook describes and explains the complex reality of contemporary internal and international migrations in East Asia. Taking an interdisciplinary approach; Tony Fielding combines theoretical debate and detailed empirical analysis to provide students with an understanding of the causes and consequences of the many types of contemporary migration flows in the region.

    Key features of Asian Migrations:

      • Comprehensive coverage of all forms of migration including labour migration, student migration, marriage migration, displacement and human trafficking
      • Text boxes containing key concepts and theories
      • More than 30 maps and diagrams
      • Equal attention devoted to broad structures (e.g. political economy) and individual agency (e.g. migration behaviours)
      • Emphasis on the conceptual and empirical connections between internal and international migrations
      • Exploration of the policy implications of the trends and processes discussed

    Written by an experienced scholar and teacher of migration studies, this is an essential text for courses on East Asian migrations and mobility and important reading for courses on international migration and Asian societies more generally.

    1. Context: East Asian economy, space, and society 2. Context: East Asian migrations – a historical overview 3. ‘Heaven’s Door’: Southeast Asia’s international migration flows 4. ‘Shadows in the Forest’: Southeast Asia’s internal migration flows 5. Asia’s global diaspora: ‘China’s’ international migration flows 6. Turbulent transitions: ‘China’s’ internal migration flows 7. Capitalism’s global warriors: Northeast Asia’s international migration flows 8. Confucian capitalism’s hyper-urbanization: Northeast Asia’s internal migration flows 9. Migration and globalization: East Asian migrations now and in the future


    Tony Fielding is a Research Professor in Human Geography, Sussex Centre for Migration Research, University of Sussex, UK.

    "Fielding’s ability to highlight the distinctiveness of each of the macro regions gives readers opportunities to make broad comparisons, and to understand better how complex and interdependent the countries are. More importantly, the book emphasizes the role that migration has played in the growth of East Asian economies, and how migration will likely continue to be of importance in the future."

    East Asia Integration Studies