Transnationalism, Migration and Development: Asian Perspectives

Prof. Andrew Rosser1, Prof. Brenda Yeoh2, A/Prof. Yan Tan3, Dr. Xuchun Liu3

1University Of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia, 2National University of Singapore, Singapore, Singapore, 3University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia

Chair: Professor Andrew Rosser


In recent decades, transnationalism—an approach that focuses on the linkages connecting people and institutions across national boundaries—has emerged as a major, and perhaps the dominant, analytical approach to understanding the migration-development nexus. It has spawned a huge body of work on the nature of transnational linkages—their types, characteristics, functions, and levels of intensity—and their impact on development outcomes in origin and destination countries, especially financial, trade and investment flows and the welfare of migrants and their families. This panel applies, debates and rethinks transnational ideas in the context of empirical material related to Asian countries and their diasporas.


The Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) is the peak body of university experts and educators on Asia in Australia. Established in 1976, we promote and support the study of Asia in Australian universities and knowledge of Asia among the broader community. Our membership is drawn mainly from academics and students, but also includes industry and government Asia experts. We take a strong interest in promoting knowledge about Asia in schools and in contributing to state and Commonwealth government policies related to Asia. We provide informed comment on Asia to a broad public through our bulletin, Asian Currents, and specialist research articles in our journal, Asian Studies Review. Four book series published under our auspices cover Southeast Asia, South Asia, East Asia and Women in Asia.

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