Internal Migration in Asian Multinational Countries: Attitudes, Challenges and Institutions

  • Isabelle CôtéEmail author
  • Mira Raatikainen
Part of the Federalism and Internal Conflicts book series (FEINCO)


This chapter discusses the regulation of population movements in multinational settings in Asia. It answers three questions: (1) What factors shape local attitudes towards internal migrants? (2) How do sub-national and national actors recognise and accommodate the challenges of national diversity resulting from increased levels of population mobility? (3) Does federalism matter in cases of sub-national migration governance? The chapter provides an examination of the economic/utilitarian motives and nativist discourses used to curtail flows of inter-provincial migrants in India and Malaysia. It also includes a brief comparison with the dynamics of internal migration in China. The chapter concludes that opposition to internal migration is not unique to any political system; however, decentralised systems may actually facilitate the creation and implementation of sub-national barriers to internal mobility.


Asia Migration National diversity Sub-national migration governance Internal mobility 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Memorial University of NewfoundlandSt. John’sCanada
  2. 2.The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton UniversityOttawaCanada

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