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FY 2011/2012 Research Topic: 1-08
Law and Migration Policies in East Asia


The purpose of our research is to determine the feasibility of establishing a legal system relating to the movement of labor that will be shared among East Asian countries. The free movement of labor requires each country to diminish any distorting barriers as well as secure the rights of laborers. At present, each East Asian country maintains its own respective migration policies and laws. However, there are several practices that are already shared by some countries, while other countries have bilateral agreements regarding sending and receiving laborers. We will analyze the laws and migration policies of several countries including China, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia as well as regional and bilateral instruments in East Asia, and consider the following questions: To what extent have common practices been established?; Whether the accumulation of bilateral agreements will contribute to the common platform for the labor market in East Asia or adversely affect such development? Through consideration of the key issues of migration policies such as the sending and receiving of unskilled workers, the procurement of highly skilled workers and human trafficking, our research aims to draw up a blue print of laws and legal systems to be shared by countries in East Asia regarding the free movement of labor.


April 2011 - February 2013

Members of the Research Project

[ Organizer ] YAMADA Miwa
[ Co-researchers ] HATSUKANO Naomi
OKUSHIMA Mika (Associate Professor, Faculty of International Studies, Tenri University)