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Asia, migration and development nexus

Migration A–Z


  1. Ruchira Ganguly-Scrase

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm043

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

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Ganguly-Scrase, R. 2013. Asia, migration and development nexus. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013


In recent years research interest in examining the relationship between migration and development has been growing. This is in part due to the large volume of cross-border population movements in Asia and corresponding policy concerns about how to manage them. Asis et al. note that in Asia, “the need for information for practical purposes such as policymaking and pro-migrant (rights) advocacy provided a strong push to know and to understand migration and its ramifications” (2009: 84). But the intellectual dialogue about migration and development begins with a question of why people migrate (Zolberg 1989; Cohen 1996; Massey & Taylor 2004), and researchers use a number of approaches to explain the motivations and forces that propel migration. These include neoclassical economic theory (Harris & Todaro 1970), historical structuralist theory (Castles & Miller 2003), household strategy theory (Massey 1990), and network theory (Waldorf 1998).


  • development;
  • capitalism;
  • labor supply;
  • political economy;
  • Asia