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Free Content Transient migrants at the crossroads of China’s global future

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China has witnessed a remarkable growth in its foreign population over the past two decades. Even though they are still quite few in number at the moment, foreigners in China are being increasingly recognized and studied in the broad field of migration studies. Although they have neither the hope nor the desire to become permanent residents of China, most foreigners nonetheless continue to be construed as ‘immigrants’ or ‘migrants’ in both the scholarly and policy-oriented literature. This special issue suggests that applying these terms without problematizing them hinders our understanding of foreigners in the real-world context, in which an increasing number of people have become transient migrants in China and elsewhere. By bringing together articles that depict these foreigners’ lives as transient everywhere they go, this special issue aims to develop a new analytical lens through which ongoing global dynamisms in demography, politics and economy – particularly those that matter much to the future of both foreigners and China – can be simultaneously captured.
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Document Type: Editorial

Affiliations: Rice University

Publication date: March 1, 2019

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  • Transient migration due to the global movements of people for work, study and lifestyle is part of everyday life. This journal thus aims to provide a platform that explores and investigates the complexities of transient migration and to map the experiences of the growing number of transient migrants as they engage and interact with communities that are linked both to their home and host nations. This journal seeks to look at the ways in which transient migrants cope with transience and how transient migration affects individuals and communities in this transitional yet significant period. The scope of the journal will include but not be limited to themes of belonging, identity, networks, nation, culture, religion, race and ethnicity, gender and memory while incorporating the roles played by various platforms to facilitate these themes such as media, politics, policy, economy and the creative industries.
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