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The Commodification of International Migration: Findings from Thailand

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Abstract:

The organisation of international contract-labour migration within Asia has been increasingly dominated by commercial agencies acting as intermediaries between workers and foreign employers. The principles underpinning the gatekeeping role of such agencies in the East Asian migration system are examined. A consideration of the international labour recruitment system in Thailand is based on survey work among agents, community leaders and recently returned migrants.

Keywords: Asia; International migration; Thailand; contract labour; key contacts; recruitment agencies

Document Type: Original Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-9663.00048

Affiliations: 1: Department of Geography, University of Dundee, Dundee DD1 4HN, United Kingdom. H.R., Email: JONES@dundee.ac.uk 2: Department of Community Medicine, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand., Email: tieng@cmu.chiangmai.ac.th

Publication date: February 1, 1999

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