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.

Blog Posts

The new power of the technologies of immobility

Sharifah Muhammad Talib Alhinai

COMPAS Round Up Summer 2017

COMPAS communications team

New migrant urbanisms and the United Nations Habitat III conference in Quito

Michael Keith, Nicholas Simcik Arese & Andreza De Souza Santos

Leaving Palestine

Nicholas Van Hear

Gendering Migration

Melanie Griffiths



Journal Articles

Working Papers

Internal borders and migration in India

Zovanga L. Kone, Maggie Y. Liu, Aaditya Mattoo, Çağlar Özden & Siddharth Sharma

Diasporas and Conflict

Nicholas Van Hear & 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

Diasporas Good? Diasporas Bad?

COMPAS Communications

Other Publications

World Migration Report chapter

Media Reporting of Migrants and Migration

William Allen, Rob McNeil and COMPAS Communications

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

COMPAS Communications | September 2013 – April 2017

Diaspora Engagement in War-Torn Societies

Nicholas Van Hear | January 2011 – December 2015

PEAK Urban

Michael Keith and Bhawani Buswala | 1 October 2017 - 31 December 2021

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

COMPAS Communications | 2008 – 2014

Unravelling the Mediterranean Migration Crisis (MEDMIG)

COMPAS Communications | Sep 2015 - Aug 2016

Urban Transformations Coordination

Michael Keith and Nathan Grassi | 2015 - 2019

Urbanization from Below

COMPAS Communications | 2013 – 2016