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Migration to and from Taiwan: identities, politics and belonging

Over the past two decades, Taiwan has contributed significantly to East Asia’s growing migrant populations. The main body of immigrants are people coming from Southeast Asia and China (the PRC). Most of them are either contract workers (such as construction workers or domestic helpers) or dependents (female spouses) of Taiwanese people. The main body of emigrants are professionals and their families moving to China and Southeast Asia. They generally move as entrepreneurs and expatriates of the relocated Taiwanese firms. Both the inflows and outflows highlight Taiwan’s economic integration into the Asia Pacific region. The scale of migration to and from Taiwan has been transforming Taiwan’s society, politics and economics.