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Qualification and Skill in the Migration Process of Foreign Workers in Asia (QuaMaFa)

The four-year collaborative project investigates the role of skills in labor migration in major migrant receiving market economies in (South)East Asia. The project adopts a mixed-methods approach (qualitative: semi-structured interviews and participant observation; quantitative: self-reported cross-sectional survey) and uses an intersectional analysis to explore the following questions: How do skills shape migration experiences in Asia? Which role does the agency of migrants play for acquiring additional skills and labor market integration? How do these factors influence further mobility and staying decisions? Next to addressing an academic audience, the research group will also conduct public lectures, engage in teacher training and produce a documentary for a wide dissemination of the findings.

Research team:

Dr. Ruth Achenbach, project lead (University of Frankfurt)

Dr. Joohyun Justine Park (University of Frankfurt)

Dr. Aimi Muranaka (University of Duisburg-Essen)

Dr. Megha Wadhwa (Free University of Berlin)

Dr. Helena Hof (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity)