The Europe Asia Migration Network (EAMiN) stands as a commitment between the partners to generate new research collaborations that examine important global challenges and issues that result from migration, mobility and cultural interactions, between Europe and Asia.
The approach is interdisciplinary drawing insights from sociology, politics, human geography, anthropology, development, and demography, and will examine mobility and migration between Europe and Asia, and between Asian countries. Projects will aim to study the conditions that bring about specific forms of migration and mobility, institutional and policy frameworks that shape them, and focus on their consequences for people, especially migrants and their families, as well as broader impacts on the sending and receiving societies and places.
Working within an intentionally broad and inclusive remit, we start this research conversation through a focus on several overlapping research fields:
- 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
- Unexpected mobilities: e.g., Syrian refugees in Bangkok
At this stage the EAMiN network is envisaged as a forum and framework to advance research and research exchanges between the two regions. Our aim is to seek funding on a bi-lateral and multi-lateral basis between the partners to conduct research and establish collaborations and engagement that will underpin the future of the partnership.
The partnership was initiated in Spring 2016, at a workshop held at the University of
Sussex, attended by researchers from the: Sussex Centre for Migration Research (SCMR),
University of Sussex, UK; Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Norway; Research Cluster on Asian Migrations from the Asia Research Institute (ARI), National University of Singapore; Institute for Population and Social Research (IPSR) and Mahidol Migration Center (MMC), Mahidol University, Thailand; and Berlin Institute for Integration and Migration Research (BIM) at the Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany. This initial start-up received support from the International Research Partnership and Networks fund at the University of Sussex, as part of an award for establishing the successful Sussex Mahidol Migration Partnership (SMMP).