In the age of globalization the frequency of international migration and with it its socioeconomic impact on source and destination areas are steadily increasing. Following the rise of new economic powers in the formerly “developing world”, empirical trends show that, in contrast to conventional North-South migration patterns, international movements within the global South are gaining momentum quickly. In search of new job and investment opportunities Africans and Asians alike start migrating between both continents and create new forms of intercultural and economic exchange.
With this being said, the project seeks to shed light on the socioeconomic causes and consequences of migration between Africa and Asia. The objective is to identify and understand the underlying microeconomic effects on sending and destination areas, the social networks that span across spaces, and migrants’ aspirations before and their behavioral patterns during and after migration. These new trends and contexts of migration will be compared to traditional patterns in order to understand if and how they offer sustainable opportunities for development within the global South.
To put these research topics into context, we choose two case studies, one in Asia and Africa each. In Vietnam we investigate the dynamics of households with migrant members in general and to Africa specifically from the perspective of the sending areas. Here, we have found that Angola is by far the most important destination country for Vietnamese migrants in Africa. Estimates put the number of Vietnamese migrants in Angola at around 50,000. In Africa we therefore focus on the group of Vietnamese immigrants in Angola to complement our findings from Vietnam by adopting the perspective of the destination country. Combining qualitative and quantitative empirical methods, we seek to complement individual experiences with overall trends and patterns in our conclusions
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