Cross-Border Migration and East Asian Regional Integration

Tessa Morris-Suzuki

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Against the background of profound economic and political changes in East Asia, this paper examines key trends in migration within the region. It highlights the increasingly multidirectional nature of migration flows, the importance of undocumented migration, and the growing significance of secondary diasporas and return migration. While future large-scale flows of migration are likely, the changing nature of regional migration makes it more difficult for existing international frameworks to respond adequately to these cross-border flows. Against this background, the paper argues the need to develop new regional collaborative mechanisms, involving national and local governments as well as national and international NGOs, to respond to the challenges of East Asian migrations.

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Morris-Suzuki, Tessa. Cross-Border Migration and East Asian Regional Integration. IJMS: International Journal on Multicultural Societies. 2007, vol.9, no.2, pp.158-173. UNESCO. ISSN 1817-4574. www.unesco.org/shs/ijms/vol9/issue2/art2

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