This book analyzes immigration policies in East Asia in the context of contemporary global migration flows and mobility.
To assess how global norms of migration have impacted the East Asian migration region and explore regional migration trends, the book contains 13 case studies which investigate the regulation of immigration in China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. Three analytical strands, namely, norm diffusion, identity politics, and citizenship, build the theoretical framework for the case studies which investigate how regional and national norms, discourses, and institutions affect local communities and migration patterns. In particular, the book analyzes contemporary issues such as immigration policy reforms, practices of inclusion and exclusion in local communities, and discourses on multiculturalism and risk. The book utilizes a comparative perspective which enables readers to reflect on the role of national identity, international organizations and law, public security concerns, and labour market demands in the articulation and implementation of contemporary immigration policy in East Asia.
This book substantially complements the existing literature on immigration governance and interregional migration mobility in East Asia and will be of interest to academics in the fields of East Asian studies, public policy, immigration and migration studies, and comparative politics.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Migration Governance in East Asia. Towards an Analytical Framework
Gunter Schubert, Franziska Plümmer and Anastasiya Bayok
2. Keeping Immigration under Control: Development and Characteristics of the East Asian Migration Region
PART I: GREATER CHINA
3. Migrant Actions and Government Responses: African Traders in the Pearl River Delta, China
4. Global City Competition and New Hierarchies of Urban Citizenship in China’s Migration Regime
Elena Meyer-Clement & Xiang Wang
5. ‘Three Evils’ and ‘Three Illegals’: Discourses on ‘Illegal’ Immigration in China
6. Migration Governance at the Sino-Russian Border
7. ‘Foreign Wives’, Eurasian children, and Citizenship Dilemmas in China
8. China and the Refugee Dilemma: A New Asylum Destination or a Challenge to International Norms?
9. The Reform of Chinese Migration Law and the Protection of Migrants’ Rights
Börn Ahl & Pilar-Paz Czoske
10. On a Steep Learning Curve in the Immigration Legislation: Taiwan's Proximity to Sovereignty, Selectivity and Benevolence
11. The Politics of Mainlander Immigration in Postcolonial Hong Kong
PART II: JAPAN AND KOREA
12. ‘This is Not an Immigration Policy’: The 2018 Immigration Reform and the Future of Immigration and Citizenship in Japan
13. Brazilian Migrants and Multiculturalism in Japan: Local tabunka kyōsei Policies and their Effect on the Brazilian Diaspora in Hamamatsu
14. Liberation from Blood: The Inclusion of Non-Citizens in the South Korean Polity
Chang So Young and Luicy Pedroza
Gunter Schubert is Chair Professor of Greater China Studies and Director of the European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan (ERCCT) at Eberhard Karls University Tübingen, Germany.
Franziska Plümmer is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Vienna, Austria.
Anastasiya Bayok is an Einstein Project researcher at the Graduate School of East Asian Studies at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.