The most populous and arguably the most dynamic region in the world, Asia presents important questions about migration and social transformation. For instance, Asian countries experience rapid increase of population mobility at the same time as the sophistication of national and international governance of migration. Their emphasis on social order and substantive economic benefits, rather than individual migrant rights, also urges us to rethink established norms. Over the past decade COMPAS has applied its inter-disciplinary approach to understanding these questions at individual, community, national, regional and global scales.  We examine migrations within, into, and out of Asia. For us Asia is not only a place, but also presents a paradigm that may well enrich our understanding of global changes.



Journal Articles

Working Papers

Diasporas and Conflict

Nicholas Van Hear and Robin Cohen

Migration and Climate Change: An Overview

Etienne Piguet, Antoine Pécoud, Paul de Guchteneire

Migrant Labour in Kazakhstan: A Cause for Concern?

Bridget Anderson, Blanka Hancilova

Other Publications

Research Brief

Understanding the dynamics of migration to Greece and the EU: Drivers, decisions and destinations

Heaven Crawley, Franck Duvell, Katharine Jones and Dimitris Skleparis

Research Brief

Unpacking a Rapidly Changing Scenario

Heaven Crawley, Franck Duvell, Nando Sigona, Simon McMahon, Katharine Jones

Literature review and scoping report

Non-communicable diseases and risk factors in migrants from South Asian countries

Hiranthi Jayaweera and Amy K. McLennan


Balancing Citizenship of Insiders and Outsiders

Bridget Anderson and Sarah Walker | September 2013 – September 2016

Diaspora Engagement in War-Torn Societies

Nicholas Van Hear, Giulia Liberatore and Leslie Fesenmyer | January 2011 – December 2015

Risk Cultures in China: An Economic Sociology?

Michael Keith | 2006 – 2009

Social Externalities: China, India, Africa

Michael Keith | 2010 - 2011

The Economics and Politics of Migrant Rights

Martin Ruhs | 2008 – 2014

The employment and working conditions of migrant domestic workers in South East Asia

Bridget Anderson and Emma Newcombe | August 2015 - June 2016

Unravelling the Mediterranean Migration Crisis (MEDMIG)

Franck Düvell | Sep 2015 - Aug 2016

Urban Transformations Coordination

Michael Keith, Nicola Headlam, Peter Grant, Igor Calzada, Andreza de Souza Santos, Nicholas Simcik Arese, Emma Newcombe, Mikal Mast and Nathan Grassi | 2015 - 2019

Urbanization from Below

Bridget Anderson | 2013 – 2016