Costs and Benefits of Cross-Country Labour Migration in the GMS

Costs and Benefits of Cross-Country Labour Migration in the GMS
Date of publication:  2012
Publisher:  Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
Number of pages:  416
Code:  IU30
Soft Cover
ISBN: 9789814311892
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"The book focuses on the human dramas that play out daily throughout the GMS when some 200,000 people cross borders in search of 'better lives'. The study focuses on Thailand as the primary country of destination across whose borders workers from three source countries move:  Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. The volume examines the patterns of costs and benefits that flow from GMS migration, particularly their distribution among migrant communities, source countries and the key country of destination. The book points out that migrant communities are made up of three types of people: first, cross-state workers who are motivated to move and work elsewhere as a response to individual aspirations, or 'dreams'; second, others who do so as a matter of inherited tradition; third and most significantly, migrants driven to cross state borders out of economic necessities and/or better employment opportunities. Jalilian and his associates go on to specify in great detail the range of economic, legal, social and political costs and benefits that impact the individual migrant, the source countries and the primary country of destination. They offer an interesting, well-presented, content-laden, superbly researched, scholarly yet readable book on an important and timely topic. The human story they 'tell' makes the book a 'natural' for inclusion in university-level courses ranging from anthropology, economics, geography that contain study units on Asia specifically and development generally. General readers will also find the book useful as it offers insights into the nature of GMS migration" (Pacific Affairs).

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International labour migration can be characterized in three ways — as human aspiration, tradition, and necessity. For some people, working overseas is a dream. For others, international labour mobility is a tradition. For a great number of people, however, international labour migration is an economic necessity. It is the only viable solution to realize their basic human right to a decent life. GMS worker movements to Thailand typify all three characterizations of international labour mobility. While this book focuses on the economic dimensions of international labour emigration, principally from Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam to Thailand, it recognizes at the very outset the equal standing of non-economic motivations for migration.


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