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Title: Understanding Historical and Contemporary Labor Migration Patterns and Processes in Southeast Asia
Contributor(s): Kaur, Amarjit  (author)
Publication Date: 2015
Open Access: Yes
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Abstract: From a temporal viewpoint, current labor migration movements in Southeast Asia typically replicate past foreign labor migrations, while labor processes continue to mirror the significance of political-economic relationships in the region. Historically, international labor migration in Southeast Asia is best understood from the perspective of the region's natural resources, demographic situation, and incorporation into the global economy. European imperialism after the 1870s, and the growth of the Atlantic economy were consistent with capitalist expansion and colonization of Southeast Asian states. Subsequently, these states became suppliers of mineral and other natural resources, and were also transformed by substantial waves of labor immigration, primarily from China and India. It is commonly assumed that the Asian migrants comprised only men, who journeyed either as forced or indentured workers to toil in Southeast Asia. This supposition ignores the migration of free men and women into the region. Furthermore, a majority of historians have also taken for granted that Asian migrations, like the Atlantic migrations, ended in 1914, following the onset of World War One. In fact Asian "colonial" migrations continued into the 1940s and also afterwards.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: Conference: Transformations in the Global South, Cologne, Germany, 27th - 29th May, 2015
Conference Details: Conference: Transformations in the Global South, Cologne, Germany, 27th - 29th May, 2015
Source of Publication: Voices from Around the World: Reflections on migration in the Global South, p. 17-20
Publisher: Global South Studies Center
Place of Publication: Cologne, Germany
Field of Research (FOR): 169999 Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified
160404 Urban and Regional Studies (excl. Planning)
160603 Comparative Government and Politics
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 919999 Economic Framework not elsewhere classified
970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
950599 Understanding Past Societies not elsewhere classified
HERDC Category Description: E2 Non-Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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Series Name: Voices from Around the World
Series Number : 02/2015
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