1st Edition

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

    340 Pages
    by Routledge

    340 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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.