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Type: Journal article
Title: Migration and development in Malaysia: An emigration perspective
Author: Hugo, G.
Citation: Asian Population Studies, 2011; 7(3):219-241
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Issue Date: 2011
ISSN: 1744-1730
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Graeme Hugo
Abstract: Malaysia is one of the countries most influenced by international migration, not only in Asia, but globally. Most attention is focused on its role as a major immigration country, but it also experiences significant emigration, having an estimated diaspora of 1.5 million people. This paper demonstrates the scale and composition of the contemporary Malaysian diaspora, and discusses its potential impacts on economic development. In undertaking this task, it is necessary to rely mostly on data from destinations of emigrants from Malaysia because of an inherent bias in migration data collection towards immigrants and destinations. In order to gain deeper insights into the composition of the diaspora and the linkages which it maintains with Malaysia, there is a focus on a single destination country -Australia, which has the second largest community of Malaysian expatriates after Singapore. The potential role that the diaspora could play in Malaysian development is discussed.
Keywords: Malaysia; diaspora; development; brain drain; selectivity of migration; networks
Rights: © 2011 Taylor & Francis
RMID: 0020113553
DOI: 10.1080/17441730.2011.608983
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