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Migration and Health in Asia

1st Edition

Edited by Santosh Jatrana, Mika Toyota, Brenda S. A. Yeoh


278 pages

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The processes of migration and health are inextricably linked in complex ways, with migration impacting on the mental and physical health of individuals and communities. Health itself can be a motivation for moving or a reason for staying, and migration can have implications on the health of those who move, those who are left behind, and the communities that receive migrants.

This volume brings together some of the increasing number of researchers who are studying health and migration in Asia - a continent which is a major exporter and importer of human resources. Using both quantitative and qualitative approaches, the essays included in this work investigate the interdisciplinary issues of health and health-related behaviours in the field of migration.

Comprehensive and scholarly, Migration and Health in Asia also covers major themes such as the pandemics of HIV/AIDS and SARS, differential access to health and civil society for migrants, and the health of the populations who are left behind.


'Migration and Health in Asia, is a welcomed addition to the literature, not only from the standpoint of those with a specifically "Asian" focus, but for any scholar who seeks to conceptualize more substantially the important linkage between the changes in the size, location and density of human populations and the diseases they experience' - Rachel M. Safman, National University of Singapore, Asian Journal of Social Science

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Understanding Migration and Health in Asia Santosh Jatrana, Elspeth Graham and Paul Boyle 2. Population Movement in Indonesia: Implications for the Potential Spread of HIV/AIDS Graeme Hugo 3. Relative Pleasures: Drugs, Development and Modern Dependencies in Asia’s Golden Triangle Chris Lyttleton 4. Construction of Foreign Labour Migrants in a Time of SARS: The Case of Singapore Theresa Wong and Brenda S.A. Yeoh 5. Investigating the Role of Nativity on Functional Disability Among Older Adults in Singapore Santosh Jatrana and Angelique Chan 6. Anemia Among Migrants and Non-Migrant Mothers in Disadvantaged Areas in the Visayas, Philippines Alan Banzon Feranil 7. The Filipinos in Sabah: Unauthorised, Unwanted and Unprotected Maruja M.B. Asis 8. Migration, Differential Access to Health Services and Civil Society’s Responses in Japan Keiko Yamanaka 9. An Institutional Approach Towards Migration and Health in China Xiang Biao 10. A Longitudinal Analysis of Health and Mortality in a Migrant-Sending Region of Bangladesh Randall Steven Kuhn 11. Reproductive Health Status of Wives Left-Behind by Male Out-Migrants: A Study of Rural Bihar, India Archana K. Roy and Parveen Nangia 12. Some Policy Issues on Migrant Health Gavin Jones

About the Editors

Santosh Jatrana is a research fellow at the department of Public Health, Wellington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Otago, New Zealand. She is a demographer with particular research interest in the field of social demography, such as socioeconomic inequality and mortality, child health, gender, demography of ethnic minority, ageing and health, migrant health, and maternal employment and family commitments.

Mika Toyota is a research fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. She is a social anthropologist whose research focuses on transnational networks, the geopolitics of borderlands, migration, gender and the changing family in Asia.

Brenda S.A. Yeoh is Professor of Geography at the National University of Singapore, and the Principal Investigator of the Asian MetaCentre. Her research focuses on the politics of space in colonial and post-colonial cities; and gender, migration and transnational communities.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Population and Migration

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography