This book analyzes immigration policies in East Asia in the context of contemporary global migration flows and mobility.

To assess how global norms of migration have impacted the East Asian migration region and explore regional migration trends, the book contains 13 case studies which investigate the regulation of immigration in China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. Three analytical strands, namely, norm diffusion, identity politics, and citizenship, build the theoretical framework for the case studies which investigate how regional and national norms, discourses, and institutions affect local communities and migration patterns. In particular, the book analyzes contemporary issues such as immigration policy reforms, practices of inclusion and exclusion in local communities, and discourses on multiculturalism and risk. The book utilizes a comparative perspective which enables readers to reflect on the role of national identity, international organizations and law, public security concerns, and labour market demands in the articulation and implementation of contemporary immigration policy in East Asia.

This book substantially complements the existing literature on immigration governance and interregional migration mobility in East Asia and will be of interest to academics in the fields of East Asian studies, public policy, immigration and migration studies, and comparative politics.

chapter 1|15 pages


Migration governance in East Asia: Towards an analytical framework
ByFranziska Plümmer, Gunter Schubert, Anastasiya Bayok

chapter 2|25 pages

Keeping immigration under control

Development and characteristics of the East Asian migration region
ByDavid Chiavacci

part Part I|214 pages

Greater China

chapter 3|24 pages

Migrant actions and government responses

African traders in the Pearl River Delta, China
ByBettina Gransow

chapter 5|24 pages

‘Three evils’ and ‘three illegals’

Discourses on ‘illegal’ immigration in China
ByFranziska Plümmer

chapter 6|20 pages

Migration governance at the Sino-Russian border

ByAnastasiya Bayok

chapter 7|20 pages

‘Foreign wives’, Eurasian children, and citizenship dilemmas in China

ByElena Barabantseva

chapter 8|24 pages

China and the refugee dilemma

A new asylum destination or a challenge to international norms?
ByElena Soboleva

chapter 9|19 pages

The reform of Chinese migration law and the protection of migrants’ rights 1

ByBjörn Ahl, Pilar-Paz Czoske

chapter 10|27 pages

On a steep learning curve in the immigration legislation

Taiwan’s proximity to sovereignty, selectivity, and benevolence
ByIsabelle Cheng

chapter 11|30 pages

The politics of mainlander immigration in post-colonial Hong Kong

ByGunter Schubert

part Part II|64 pages

Japan and Korea

chapter 12|20 pages

‘This is not an immigration policy’

The 2018 immigration reform and the future of immigration and citizenship in Japan 1
ByMichael Strausz

chapter 13|18 pages

Brazilian immigrants and multiculturalism in Japan

Local tabunka kyōsei policies and their effect on the Brazilian diaspora in Hamamatsu
ByChaline Mondwurf

chapter 14|24 pages

Liberation from blood

The inclusion of non-citizens in the South Korean polity
BySo Young Chang, Luicy Pedroza