Migration and Diasporas
Migrants seeking refugee status and asylum protection in Europe and the Global North represents the largest migration crisis since World War II.
Few scholars of Asia focus on the refugee/asylum seeking issues in Asia, even fewer delineate the relationship between Asian refugee migration with Europe and the Global North.
The daunting tasks of research and policy solutions necessitates a larger conceptualization of the processes and relationships through comparative and collaborative approaches from multiple perspectives and traditions.
In this proposal for a roundtable session, we have brought together a panel of social scientists, epidemiologist, legal scholar, and practising immigration attorney from three continents to draw from our disciplinary traditions to contribute to the conversation on the refugees/asylum seeking crisis.
• Livia Holden, of Oxford University, heads a European Research Council-funded project on Euro-Expert (Cultural Expertise in Europe: What is it Useful for?) with the goals of building institutional capacities of nations in the inclusion of cultural expertise in litigation.
• CHAN CheeKhoon is a health analyst/epidemiologist at the University of Malaya who examines Southeast Asian migrant health and rights, particularly in reference to the documentation and Nepalese in Malaysia,
• ChorSwang Ngin is an applied socio-cultural anthropologist at California State University, Los Angeles. She is an anthropological expert witness on the racialized and cultural identities of Asian asylum seekers in American courts.
• Joann Yeh is an immigration attorney in California who examines specifically the Article I Immigration Courts in the United States and the impact of more restrictive immigration policies as they relate to petitioners from Asia.
• Stefanie Lemke is a legal scholar and practitioner who works on the protection of human rights and the rule of law, particularly access to justice, including asylum seekers. The European Commission and the Council of Europe has appointed her as an expert on her fields of research.
• Anna Tsalapatanis received her Ph.D. from Australia National University. She is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford University. Her research focuses on citizenship, diaspora, migration, globalization, and social being and belonging.
The key questions include:
o Theoretical Intersections: How does working with Asian refugees/asylum seeking process intersect with your discipline?
o Geographic Connections: How do Asian refugee/asylum seekers relate to Europe and the Global North?
o Collaborative Intersections: How do you collaborate with asylum/refugee advocates?
o Constraints and Possibilities: What constraints and insights have you encountered?