Migration in Asia

The sense I get from this reading is that while in the past immigrants could generally be described as “defecting” from one country-system to another, countries are now more integrated into a single global migrant system. As such, they are following movement patterns for which conceptual frameworks and national data systems are ill-equipped, at least at the time the article was written. Zelinsky’s mobility transition model is useful for understanding the common migration patterns that countries experience as they undergo a specific type of economic restructuring. However, as 20th-century growth models become less dependable going forward, we may witness the emergence of more complex migration patterns. Furthermore, since the world is not becoming more politically unified even though migration systems are becoming more integrated, the migration data systems of the worlds countries will probably continue to be fractured in a way that becomes increasingly inadequate over time with regards to developing conceptual frameworks.




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