The international conference entitled 'How do Migrants from the BRICS Countries Participate in Shaping the Global Society?' was successfully held on the 2nd March 2013 at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
Professor Athar Hussain, Director of Asian Research Centre, LSE, opened the conference. Lord Michael Bates, vice Chairman of the House of Lord, gave an interesting opening address. A China-based expert on ‘migrant studies’, Professor Minghuan Li, Consultant of Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of State Council of PRC and an UK-based expert on ‘migration studies’, Dr Nicholas Van Hear, Senior Researcher and Deputy Director of the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), University of Oxford, made keynote speeches respectively. Eight team members of the project on the BRICS migrant studies presented their papers around two themes: 'Case studies on the BRICS migrants and migration in the global society', and 'The relationship migrated citizens have with their countries of origin in a global society'. Principal Investigator of the BRICS migrant project, President of Japan-China Sociological Society (JCSS), Professor CHEN Lixing of School of Sociology, Kwansei Gakuin University, opened the afternoon session with her speech on the theme. Dr Xiangqun Chang, Co-PI of the project and CCPN's Co-Director gave a brief overview by clarifying the research topic and interests, and disseminating basic data from both the fieldwork and online questionnaire survey. The audience actively participated in the ‘question and answer' panels. The closing panel was formed by three professors. Professor Ronald Skeldon, School of Global Studies, University of Sussex, gave a closing presentation, Professor Karamjit Gill, Founder of EU India Cross Cultural Innovation Network, University of Brighton, made some general comments; finally Professor Stephan Feuchtwang, CCPN's Founding Director, made closing remarks.
The China in Comparative Perspective Network (CCPN) at LSE is engaged in an international collaborative research project known as ‘Comparative Studies on the New Migrants from BRIC counties in America, Australia, Japan and the UK’ (2009-2013). The project is collaborative with the School of Sociology, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan. funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and involves researchers from Australia, Brazil, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Russia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, UK, and USA. Our research focuses on ‘new migrants’ who migrated from BRIC countries to the UK, the USA, Australia and Japan since 1989.
In responding to the changes from BRIC to BRICS, the large and fast-growing economies (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), which significantly influence regional and global affairs, we have added migrants from South Africa in the UK in the comparative studies. Both the BRICS countries themselves and the migrants they send out are of great importance in shaping the future of global society.
Our research can be used to identify ways of fostering the economic and social well-being of BRICS migrants in the five countries under study, and enhance their economic and social contribution to their host countries. We are also interested in ways in which migrants residing abroad can assist in the development of their home countries.
Apart from standard social scientific methods this project uses online questionnaire survey (it closed on the 31st July 2013).
Instead of forming part of ‘migration studies’ this project expands the field into ‘migrant studies’. It focuses on ‘ordinary migrant people’ in contrast to simply paying attention to a special group of people as an example of human rights issues in migration studies. We believe ‘ordinary people’ are the basis of any society.
Organisers and conveners
- Professor Lixing Chen, School of Sociology, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan; President of Japan-Sino Sociological Association
- Dr Xiangqun Chang, Co-Director of China in Comparative Perspective Network (CCPN), LSE
Morning session 9:00-13:00
Chair: Professor Athar Hussain, Director of Asia Research Centre, LSE
Opening session 9:00-10:15
- BRICS migrants in the UK, by Lord Michael Bates, Deputy Speaker and Deputy Chairman of the House of Lords
- The Chinese in Europe: Migration history and their participation in shaping European society, by Professor Minghuan Li, Department of Sociology, Xiamen University, China; Consultant of Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of State Council, PRC
- The changing global migration order: two decades of turbulence, by Dr Nicholas Van Hear, Senior Researcher and Deputy Director of the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), University of Oxford, UK [ppt]
Case studies on the BRICS migrants and migration in the global society
10:15-10:45 Is Japan’s Labour Structure in Transition? Lessons from Brazilian Labour in the Mie Prefecture, by Professor KUMARA Ananda, Vice-President of Suzuka International University, Japan [ppt; paper summary]
10:45-11:15 Skilled Russian Migration: Impact on Development through Empowerment, by Dr Esuna Dugarova, Research Analyst, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), Switzerland [ppt]
11:30-12:00 From vulnerability to flexibility: Indian middlemen traders in Shaoxing, China, by Mr Ka-Kin Cheuk, PhD candidate, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, St. Antony's College, University of Oxford, UK [ppt]
12:00-12:30 Chinese lawyers in Brazil, Australia and the UK - a three way comparison, by Ms Helen Tung, Barrister, 1 Temple Avenue Chambers, London, UK [ppt]
12:30-13:00 South Africa as the BRICS Gateway to Africa and its Implications for Migration Patterns, by Ms Ana Faria-Santana, CCPN Research Associate, LSE; former Research Director, Centre for Chinese Studies, University of Stellenbosch – South Africa [ppt]
13:00-14:00 Lunch (will be provided at CLM 7.02)
Afternoon session: 13:00-17:00
The relationship migrated citizens have with their countries of origin in a global society
Chair: Dr Kent Deng, Director of CCPN and Reader in Economic History, LSE
2:00-:2:30 Comparative studies on what influence the migration from BRICS channeling back to their home countries, by Professor CHEN Lixing, Principal Investigator of the BRICS migrant project, President of Japan-China Sociological Society (JCSS), and Professor of School of Sociology, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan
2:30-3:00 Homeland Calling, Family Pulling: New Migrants from BRICS Countries in the UK, USA, Australia and Japan, by Dr SHAO Chunfen, Lecturer of Department of Japanese Studies, the University of Sydney, Australia
3:15-3:45 Allegiance Problems to Settled and Home Countries: Dynamics and Effects, by Professor KOMAI Hiroshi Professor Emeritus, the University of Tsukuba, Japan
3:45-4:15 How do Migrants from the BRICS Countries Participate in Shaping the Global Society? An overview by Dr Xiangqun Chang, Co-PI of the BRICS migrant project, Co-Director of China in Comparative Perspective Network (CCPN), LSE, UK [ppt]
4:15-5:30 Closing session
- Professor Ronald Skeldon, Department of Geography, School of Global Studies, University of Sussex [ppt]
- Professor Karamjit Gill, Human Centred Systems, University of Brighton; Editor of AI & SOCIETY: Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Communication
- Professor Stephan Feuchtwang, Department of Anthropology, founding Director of China in Comparative Perspective Network (CCPN) and MSc Programme, LSE
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Participants actively at Q & A sessions
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