Labour Migration and the Recent Financial Crisis in Asia

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20 Jan 2000
9789164180322 (PDF) ;9789264171732(print)

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Accompanying a sustained period of economic growth, the flows of labour migrants between the economies of East and South-east Asia grew considerably prior to the recent crisis. These flows have become more diverse and complex rendering necessary the improved monitoring of migration trends and policies in each country as well as bringing forth the need to extend the exchange of expertise and experience between the region's experts and policy makers. What has been the impact of the crisis on national labour markets? How have the different countries modified their approach to the employment of foreign workers? To what extent have foreign workers been affected? These questions are examined in this publication, which identifies the impact of the Asian financial crisis on labour migration and the conditions of migrant workers in the region. In addition to keynote reports on the origins of the crisis and its policy implications, individual case studies on China, Hong Kong (China), Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand present detailed analyses of labour migration, the employment of foreign workers and the recent changes in migration policies.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Tadashi Hanami
General Introduction
Part I. Asian Economic Crisis: Sources, Labour Market Impact, and Challenges for National Economies
The Asian Financial Crisis and the Globalisation of Financial Markets by Akira Kohsaka
-Structural Adjustment in Asia following the Asian Finanical Crisis by Linda Low
-Protecting Temporary Migrant Workers: The Challenges for Modernising States in Asia by Manolo I. Abella
Part II. Recent Trends in Labour Migration Movements: Country Studies
Economic, Labour Market, and Migration Developments in China by Guanjiang Gao
-Hong Kong (China): Economic Changesand International Labour Migration by Stephen W. K. Chiu
-The Economic and Social Effects of the Crisis in Indonesia by Aris Ananta and Daksini K. N. W. Chotib
-Developments in the Japanese Economy and their Impacts on the Labour Market and Migration by Yasushi Iguchi
-Immigration and Labour Market Issues in Korea by SooBong Uh
-Labour Market Developments and Migration Movements and Policy in Malaysia by Azizah Kassim
-The Asian Crisis and Philippine Labour Migration by Stella P. Go
-The Employment of Foreign Workers in Singapore by Mui-Teng Yap
-Thailand: The Economic Concentration, the Labour Market, and Migration by Yongyuth Chalamwong

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