Across East Asia, intra-regional migration is more prevalent than
inter-regional movements, and the region's diverse histories,
geopolitics, economic development, ethnic communities, and natural
environments make it an excellent case study for examining the
relationship between irregular migration and human security.
Irregular migration can be broadly defined as people's mobility
that is unauthorised or forced, and this book expands on the
existing migration-security nexus by moving away from the
traditional state security lens, and instead, shifting the focus to
human security. With in-depth empirical country case studies from
the region, including China, Japan, North Korea, the Philippines,
Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand and Singapore, the contributors
to this book develop a human security approach to the study of
irregular migration. In cases of irregular migration, such as
undocumented labour migrants, asylum seekers, internally displaced
people, trafficked persons, and smuggled people, human security is
the cause and/or effect of migration in both sending and receiving
countries. By adopting a human security lens, the chapters provide
striking insights into the motivations, vulnerabilities and
insecurities of migrants; the risks, dangers and illegality they
are exposed to during their journeys; as well as the potential or
imagined threats they pose to the new host countries. This
multidisciplinary book is based on extensive fieldwork and
interviews with migrants, aid workers, NGO activists and
immigration officers. As such, it will appeal to students and
scholars of Asian politics and security, as well as those with
interests in international relations, social policy, law, geography
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