chapter  2
13 Pages

Through the looking glass: migration into and out of Taiwan

WithTSENG YEN-FEN AND LIN PING

Migration is a central focus of public debates and intellectual discussions in contemporary societies everywhere. Researchers on migration have to investigate beyond the micro/macro divide and engage in multiple levels of analysis at the same time. Such micro-level studies have tended to focus on the motivations behind migrants’ actions, their ability to adapt to their host countries and the development and maintenance of migrant organizations, while macro-level studies are carried out on the realities within host societies. The most challenging task is to address the experiences of migrants in the context of responses from the state. The rewarding part of such a challenge is that we come to understand a country’s characteristics by analysing its immigration and emigration practices and patterns.