1st Edition

Migrant Workers in Pacific Asia

Edited By Yaw A. Debrah Copyright 2002

    The migration of workers to the high growth countries in Pacific Asia in the 1980s was a new phenomenon in these countries. As such the host governments did not have in place adequate housing, social security and legal protection, but the tight controls following the financial crisis have pushed these issues to the back burner.
    This volume discusses the debates and controversies surrounding this issue in Malaysia, Taiwan, SIngapore, South Korea, Japan and China.

    Introduction - migrant workers in Pacific Asia, Yaw A. Debrah; the "host" state and the "guest worker" in Malaysia - public management of migrant labour in times of economic prosperity and crisis, Christine B.N. Chin; the role of low-skilled foreign workers in Taiwan's economic development, Joseph Lee; the unwilling hosts - state, society and the control of  guest workers in South Korea, Won-Woo Park; the political economic of migrant worker policy in Singapore, Linda Low; foreign workers and labour migration policy in Japan, Yasushi Iguchi; rural migrants in urban China - willing workers, invisible residents, Kenneth D. Roberts.


    Yaw A. Debrah

    'This is a useful book for those wishing to familiarize themselves with some of the issues and recent trends in international migration in East Asia.' - Journal of Asian Business, Volume 21, Number 1 2005

    'This volume is a handy addition to the literature on the subject.' - Chris Manning, Australian National University