Transnational Migration to and from Southeast Asia

Conference: AAS-in-Asia2020 (AAS-in-Asia2020)
Title: Transnational Migration to and from Southeast Asia
Stream: Sociology
Presentation Type: Panel Presentation
Piyada Chonlaworn, Tenri University, Japan (organizer, chair)
Ilham Barab, Immigration Agency of Pekanbaru, Indonesia (presenter)
Mika Suzuki, Kokushikan University, Japan (presenter)
Antonius Maria Indrianto, Mahidol University, Thailand (presenter, chair)
Shiho Sawai, Kyoto Sangyo University, Japan (presenter)
Reiko Ogawa, Chiba University, Japan (presenter)


Southeast Asia is one of the fastest growing regions in the 21th century. With the increasing number of young population, many countries from the Philippines to Vietnam witness a large number of migrant workers working in East Asian countries, Middle East, and beyond. This panel discusses two-way transnational movements of people; from Southeast Asia to other regions and the other way round. Focusing on migrant workers from Indonesia and Philippines, five presenters from academia and state agency each tackle issues about migration from different angels; migrant workers themselves, migrant returnees, family who are left behind, and asylum seekers and refugees. This panel also demonstrates how state policy both of host and home country comes to promote, or sometimes undermine the flow of people. It aims to provide analytical insight and new perspective of how we regard migration policy, migrant workers and refugees.