UNICEF Social Inclusion, Policy and Budgeting

Migration in the Asia-Pacific Region: Trends, Factors and Impacts

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AUTHOR Philip Martin
ORGANIZATION UNDP
TYPE Thematic Report
DATE 2009
TOPIC Migration
LANGUAGE English
ABSTRACT

This paper provides a comprehensive assessment of international migration in the Asia-Pacific region and reviews internal migration in China. After putting Asia-Pacific migration in a global context, it reviews trends in migration and the impacts of migrants in the major migrant-receiving countries, patterns of migration and their development impacts in migrant-sending countries, the human development impacts of migration, and three policy issues, viz, new seasonal worker programs for Pacific Islanders in New Zealand and Australia, required local sponsoship of foreigners in the Gulf countries, and the economic effects of migrants in the US and Thailand. Recent trends in internal migration in China, which shares attributes of international migration becuse of the household registration system, are also assessed.


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