Transnational Mobility in East Asia and beyond and its Institutional Actors

Panel organised by: Kwon, Jaok (University Heidelberg) & Momoyo Hüstebeck (University Duisburg Essen)


Panel topic

Diverse involvement of institutional actors in transnational mobility and the subsequent (un)expected consequences which influence migratory flows as well as the integration processes of migrants.

Panel description

This panel aims to discuss the diverse involvement of institutional actors in transnational mobility and the subsequent (un)expected consequences which influence migratory flows as well as the integration processes of migrants. Existing migration studies have focused on individuals such as the motivation of their migration, their settlement process, identity-building process, and the belonging which migrants experience in their host society. On the institutional level, previous research has shed light on migration policy at all governmental levels. Despite the growing scholarly attention of migration studies along with globalization and the increase of transnational mobility, existing discussion has paid little attention to the complex interactions among various institutional actors which influence the lives of migrants. What are specific interests and the power of the diverse institutional actors at the local, national and international levels? Why is it particularly important to discuss the involvement of institutional actors in migration policy in the East Asian context? In particular, how does the involvement of institutional actors in migration policy impact on the transnational mobility of labour migrants in and beyond East Asia? Through these research questions, this panel attempts to bridge the discussions on transnational mobility on the individual level and in terms of its institutional framework.

On the panel, Kwon will present on the migration policy of Korea’s central and local governments for Korean youth with respect to transnational labour opportunities. In her presentation, she will address the dynamic interactions of institutional actors on the local, national, and global levels concerning the enhancement of transnational mobility and the resultant birth of “global nomads” of Korean youth on the transnational level. Hüstebeck will scrutinize the frictions between Japanese municipalities and the national government concerning the integration of an increasing number of labour migrants despite a non-existing national migration policy. Jin will examine how the legal and political foundation and supports of institutional actors, such as social communities, churches, and NGOs, enhance and accelerate the integration of immigrants from East Asia in German legal framework. Achenbach will analyze the contradicting demands of Japanese migration policy on the one hand and of Japanese companies on the other, placing special emphasis on the agency of Chinese graduates in shaping their labor market outcomes in her presentation.

Dr. Jaok Kwon, Centre for East Asian Studies, Heidelberg UniversityDr. Momoyo Hüstebeck, Institute of East Asian Studies, University of Duisburg-Essen

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