Rationalizing Migration Decisions: Labour Migrants in East and South-East Asia

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2010 - Social Science - 255 pages
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While decisions for working overseas are often based on expectations and promises of better jobs, opportunities, economic gains and, eventually, a better future, such assumptions may not always be realized. Focusing on the question of why migrants, despite not realizing their earlier aspirations, continue to remain as migrants rather than return home, this book provides a unified understanding of the rationalization of the migration decision making. It does so by empirically situating the study in the experiences of Bangladeshi migrant workers in Hong Kong and Malaysia.
 

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Contents

Migration as a TwentyFirst Century Issue
3
Theoretical and Methodological Considerations
21
SocioEconomic and Demographic Profiles
59
Networks and Routes Used to Get to Destinations
81
The Finance and the Costs of Migration
97
PART HI RATIONALIZING POSTMIGRATION DECISIONS
123
The Dynamics of Income and Remittance
155
Rationalization and the Implications
187
Appendix B
217
Index
251
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A K M Ahsan Ullah, a development and human mobility specialist is Associate Director and Assistant Professor at the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies, American University in Cairo. His selected works appear at International Migration, Asian and Pacific Migration Journal and Routledge.

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