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Transnational Labour Migration, Remittances and the Changing Family in Asia Print
Date: 27 Jul 2010 - 28 Jul 2010
Venue: ARI Seminar Room
469A Tower Block, Level 10 Bukit Timah Road
National University of Singapore @ BTC
Organisers: Dr HOANG Lan Anh
Prof YEOH Brenda
Download Files: Program Abstract

Jointly organised by Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, and the Asian MetaCentre’s CHAMPSEA project team

Although labour migration is a complex socio-economic process, there is no doubt that much of it is driven by economic considerations. The economic aspects of transnational labour migration in Asia have, therefore, attracted much attention from both academics and policy makers. In general, there is some consensus about the economic benefits of transnational labour migration for labour-sending communities. Remittances, for example, are not only used by households to pay for basic necessities and improve their living standards; they may also contribute to transformations of the general economic landscape of sending areas when they are used for local investments and the purchase of luxury goods. There is however far less agreement on the long-term impact of remittances on labour-sending societies, especially at the level of the family. Whilst there is now some recognition that migration is a gendered process, the relationships between remittances on the one hand and gender, marital and inter-generational relations within the family on the other remain under-researched. As the family is a site of cooperation and conflict over the distribution of resources, the question of how gender and inter-generational relations in the family mediate the use and distribution of remittances as well as how remittances trigger changes in family structure and relations is of particular importance.  

It is the aim of this conference to explore how economic outcomes of transnational labour migration impact on family relations and structures in both empirical and theoretical terms. The discussion at the conference is expected to be around but not necessarily restricted to the following questions:

  • How do gender, marital and inter-generational relations mediate the family decision making about remittances?
  • How do economic costs and benefits of transnational labour migration affect family structure and (gender, marital and inter-generational) relations?
  • How do remittances in migrant-sending families, particularly in gender-differentiated labour migration uphold, reconstitute or transform gender norms and ideologies in labour-sending societies?


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Admission is free, however, seats are limited. Do register early as seats are available on a first come, first served basis. We would gratefully request that you RSVP to Valerie Yeo at Tel No. 6516 5279 or e-mail: indicating your name, email, designation, organization and contact number.


Workshop Convenors:

Hoang Lan Anh
Brenda Yeoh


Ms Valerie Yeo
Asia Research Institute
National University of Singapore
469A Tower Block, Level 10,
Bukit Timah Road,
Singapore 259770
Tel: (65) 6516 5279
Fax: (65) 6779 1428

Contact Person: Mdm Valerie YEO