The Dynamics of Regional Migration Governance
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The Dynamics of Regional Migration Governance

Edited by Andrew Geddes, Marcia Vera Espinoza, Leila Hadj Abdou and Leiza Brumat

This book analyses the dynamics of regional migration governance and accounts for why, how and with what effects states cooperate with each other in diverse forms of regional grouping on aspects of international migration, displacement and mobility. The book develops a framework for analysis of comparative regional migration governance to support a distinct and truly global approach accounting for developments in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Central Asia, Europe, the Middle East, North America and South America and the many and varying forms that regional arrangements can take in these regions.
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Chapter 11: The uneven migration governance of ASEAN

Stefan Rother


Labour migration has become one of the defining features of Southeast Asia. However, the governance response has so far been markedly uneven. First, with regard to the ‘objects’ of governance: the scope of governance is very different when it comes to so-called high-skilled labour and low-skilled labour). Second, uneven resources and bargaining power of countries of origin and destination in the region lead to equally uneven governance measures Third, the progress and depth of governance contributions is very uneven between responses from the top-down and the bottom-up. This chapter employs a multi-level and multi-stakeholder perspective to the concept of regional migration governance. It analyses Regional Consultative Processes, governance efforts within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the role of conventions and declarations. It is argued that migrant civil society is an essential stakeholder that can contribute to regional migration governance from below.

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