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APMRN Stage 3: International comparative research projects on
social and political dimensions of migration and ethno-cultural diversity (19981999)

New Trends in Asia Pacific Migration and Consequences for Japan

The Third International Conference of the APMRN
Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
23 - 27 September 1999

The Third International Conference of the APMRN - Japan

Stage 3 culminated  in the Third International Conference of the APMRN, which was held in Japan from 23 to 27 September 1999. Sessions reporting on the research and other projects of network members, plus workshops on developing policy and institutional linkages was a main focus of conference business. 

The aims of the International Symposium were to:

  • Achieve a comprehensive understanding of key trends in transborder migrations in the Asia Pacific region, in collaboration with international researchers participating in the Asia Pacific Migration Research Network (APMRN);
  • Improve understanding of relationships between transborder migration and social and cultural transformations;
  • Inform Japanese international migration researchers about contemporary developments and debates in this field at the international level, and create linkages with international researchers. 
The symposium addressed key issues and trends confronting the region, including:
  • Causes, history and current trends in migration 
  • Globalisation and civil society 
  • Migration and the nation-state 
  • Settlement trends and interactions with host societies 
  • Social, family, and gender dimensions of migration 
  • Legal v. illegal migrations 
  • Migration and cultural diversity 
Sponsoring Organisations:
  • Waseda University 
  • Japan Foundation Asia Center 
  • Tokyo Club, Inc. 
  • Asia-Pacific Research Center, University of Tokyo, Komaba 
  • UNESCO-MOST (Management of Social Transformations) Program, Paris 
  • UNESCO Office for the Pacific in Apia 
  • UNESCO-MOST Asia Pacific Migration Research Network (APMRN) and the Centre for Asia Pacific Social Transformation Studies (CAPSTRANS), University of Wollongong, Australia 
  • Japanese National Commission for UNESCO 
A special session of the third International Conference commissioned a number of scholarly papers for a thematic discussion on the following topic: 

"Migration in the Asia Pacific - the last 30 years and the next 30 years."

The aim of the theme was to develop analytical perspectives on the changes that have taken place in migration processes over the last 30 years of development in the region and to project the changes and challenges that would confront migration systems into the new millennium. Four specific sub-themes were developed and expert researchers were commissioned to prepare a paper on one of the sub-themes. The papers will be published by a commercial publisher. 

The conference invited approximately 30 to 40 experts, policy makers and researchers from universities, government departments, and international NGOs. 

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