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Migration in a Time of Crisis: A Simple Conceptual Framework Applied to East Asian Migrations

— theme: Labour migration policy
— country: Asia
— type: Working Papers

Working Paper No. 63 - University of Sussex. "Abstract - This paper explores an alternative way of understanding the effects of the present economic crisis on migration. The first section sets out a conceptual framework that emphasises the importance of processes which are not related to the business cycle. In particular, it is argued that economic restructuring and shifts in the underlying geography of wealth and power might be playing a far greater role than is currently allowed for in the literature. The middle section of the paper adopts a critical perspective on the nature of the crisis, arguing the importance of rent-seeking behaviours, and of a correct understanding of labour productivity. The final section addresses the effects of the economic crisis on migrations in the East Asia Region. It attempts to put into practice the conceptual framework outlined in the first section."

Author/Editor
Tony Fielding
Publishing Year
2010
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