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Immigration Governance in East Asia
Norm Diffusion, Politics of Identity, Citizenship

ISBN 9780367559021
Published November 30, 2020 by Routledge
340 Pages

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Book Description

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

David Chiavacci


3. Migrant Actions and Government Responses: African Traders in the Pearl River Delta, China

Bettina Gransow

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

Franziska Plümmer

6. Migration Governance at the Sino-Russian Border

Anastasiya Bayok

7. ‘Foreign Wives’, Eurasian children, and Citizenship Dilemmas in China

Elena Barabantseva

8. China and the Refugee Dilemma: A New Asylum Destination or a Challenge to International Norms?

Elena Soboleva

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

Isabelle Cheng

11. The Politics of Mainlander Immigration in Postcolonial Hong Kong

Gunter Schubert


12. ‘This is Not an Immigration Policy’: The 2018 Immigration Reform and the Future of Immigration and Citizenship in Japan

Michael Strausz

13. Brazilian Migrants and Multiculturalism in Japan: Local tabunka kyōsei Policies and their Effect on the Brazilian Diaspora in Hamamatsu

Chaline Mondwurf

14. Liberation from Blood: The Inclusion of Non-Citizens in the South Korean Polity

Chang So Young and Luicy Pedroza

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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.