Welfare Regime and Cross-Border Migration

Course Type: Lecture
Study Focus: SEG
Term: Fall

Teacher: ASATO Wako

Course Code: JK17001

This course will discuss how welfare regimes intertwine with migration regimes in the process of rapid economic development and demographic change in Asian countries.



One of the features of the Asian economic miracle was not only utilizing the demographic dividend and high educational attainment of its labor force, but also accepting migrants, domestic workers in particular, to facilitate the participation of local women in the labor market. From the social policy side, liberal familialism in Asian countries justified
maintenance of “family value” and the commercialization and externalization of reproductive work by recruiting foreign domestic worker as an extra family member. Sometimes this familialism triggered cross border marriage for the formation of family welfare and this became the foundation of multiculturalism in some societies. In the process of demographic ageing, some Asian countries also borrowed institutional
frameworks of welfare states in Europe such as Korea, Japan, and Taiwan. Therefore, divergence of welfare regime of Asian countries is observed.


Course Information

Module: Research 1-3
CATS Requirements: MA 1st year or above

Day/Period: Fri/2
Location: Sem. 4
Credits: 2


Course Goals

Students will receive basic instruction on welfare policy, migration policy and related policies in Asian countries.

Course Schedule and Evaluation

For a detailed course schedule, please visit KULASIS.

Evaluation is based on reflection papers (50%) and term paper (50%).