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Title: NEW CHINESE MIGRATION: THE RISE OF THE MIGRATION INDUSTRY IN SINGAPORE
Authors: SEAH MIN LI, MABEL
Keywords: new Chinese migration, migration networks, migration industry, social organisation, diversity
Issue Date: 22-Aug-2012
Source: SEAH MIN LI, MABEL (2012-08-22). NEW CHINESE MIGRATION: THE RISE OF THE MIGRATION INDUSTRY IN SINGAPORE. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This thesis examines the changing social organisation of Chinese immigration and its implications on various institutions. I argue that the uniquely `new? characteristic of immigration today lies in the ways it has been institutionalised ? through businesses and government policies. This institutionalisation of migration results in the growing influence of the migration industry. This phenomenon has a three-fold significance. First, while Chinese migration is anything but new, I make a case for a new diversity amongst Chinese immigrants. Second, this new diversity exists as older patterns of the social organisation of Chinese migration are being disrupted and new modes of immigration proliferate. Specifically, there is an increase in the dependence on institutionalised networks and concomitantly, a decrease in the reliance on personal networks. Third, this reliance on institutionalised networks fuels the migration industry in Singapore. Therefore, this thesis critically examines previous understandings of Chinese migration, networks and migrant social organisation.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/36125
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