Recent politico-legal change for the lives of labour migrants in Southeast Asia
- Antje Missbach Monash University
- Wayne Palmer Bina Nusantara University
- antje.missbach (at) monash.edu
- wpalmer (at) binus.edu
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The multi-directional nature of labour migration flows around the globe has resulted in an increasing number of countries, including in Southeast Asia, having become both senders and receivers of migrants. But academic studies tend to identify countries according to a neat sending/receiving binary when in fact they are both. These states also tend to see themselves primarily as ‘senders’ and so prioritize policy development and implementation in response to the experience of outgoing migrants. In the process, these states often overlook legal obligations that they then have to incoming migrants, including migrant workers, refugees, international students and spouses. As part of an attempt to examine the phenomenon, this panel focuses on experiences in Southeast Asian countries. Papers will cover one or more of the following topics: migration patterns and related rights issues, regulatory frameworks for migration; and/or history of the sending/receiving binary’s role in migration policy.