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Website showcases new migration network

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First EAMiN meeting

A new website showcases the aims and main activities of a recently established academic research network on migration between Europe and Asia.

The Europe Asia Migration Network (EAMiN) – the first of its kind – has established a collaborative infrastructure between five migration centres in Europe and South East Asia to conduct research on important global and societal transformations resulting from migration between the two regions, and within Asia.

The network’s foundations were laid in March 2016, when leading European and Asian scholars researching issues of migration, mobility and transnationalism were invited to meet at the University of Sussex by Professor Paul Statham, Director of the Sussex Centre for Migration Research (SCMR).

They discussed possible research fields on which to focus collaborative funding bids and future research initiatives:

  • Migration flows, mobility, policies and demographic changes
  • Marriage migration, partnerships, and mixed families
  • International retirement migration, care, ageing and wellbeing
  • The transformation of Asian cities through migration and mobility
  • Diversity, culture and social interactions between people from the West and Asia
  • Development potentials of migrations to less developed countries
  • Mobile Western workers and lifestyle migrants in Asia
  • Female domestic care workers in Asia and Europe
  • Unexpected mobilities, e.g. Syrian refugees in Bangkok

The group has already been active in seeking external funding. A research proposal on Migrant Female Domestic Workers in SE Asia involving a number of partner institutions was submitted to the British Academy Global Challenges Research Fund in July. Further collaborative bids are under development.

Development of the network and its website was funded by a grant award from the International Research Partnerships and Networks (IRPN) scheme at Sussex.

A number of senior scholars, early career researchers and postgraduate students from the five partner institutions participated in the March event, including:

  • Professor Paul Statham, Director of the Sussex Centre for Migration Research (SCMR);
  • Professor Brenda Yeoh, Asia Research Institute/National University of Singapore (ARI/NUS);
  • Professor Jorgen Carling, Migration group at Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) in Norway;
  • Professor Magdalena Nowicka, Berlin Institute for Integration and Migration Research (BIM) at the Humboldt University of Berlin in Germany;
  • and Associate Professor Sureeporn Punpuing, Institute for Population and Social Research (IPSR) at Mahidol University in Thailand.

A future meeting is planned in Singapore in January 2017.

Individuals from Sussex wishing to join EAMiN should contact Dr Sarah Scuzzarello (s.scuzzarello@sussex.ac.uk). For more information, visit EAMiN’s website and follow the network on Twitter @EAMiNetwork.

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By: Sarah Scuzzarello
Last updated: Wednesday, 27 July 2016

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