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International Symposium on Migration, Economic and Social Development in Modern China Event

12:15 - 17:00
9 November 2012
Nuffield Theatre, University of Southampton

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Event details

Has migration reached a threshold in 21st century China?

The aim of this international seminar is to examine the evidence of contemporary migration impact on societies and human development in China and to understand the complexities and challenges in designing policies and programme interventions needed for improving the livelihood of migrants living in urban areas and their left-behind in rural areas.


Welcome and opening remarks
Welcome Vice Chancellor, Professor Don Nutbeam
Mark Cranshaw, Director Centre for Contemporary China

13:00 – 14:45
Migration and socioeconomic transformation in modern China
Chair: Prof. Jane Falkingham, ESRC Centre for Population Change, University of Southampton

Internal migration trends and dynamics
Prof. Duan Chengrong, Institute of Population Research, Renmin University

Gender and development in the migration context
Prof. Zhenzhen Zheng, Institute of Population & Labor Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Structural factors, economic reforms and policy challenges in the migration context
Prof. Athar Hussain, Asia Research Institute, LSE

15:00 – 16.45
Broadening the migration impact within and beyond China
Chair: Dr. Sabu Padmadas, Centre for Global Health, Population, Poverty and Policy, University of Southampton

The Chinese in Europe
Prof. Li Minghuan, School of Public Affairs, Xiamen University

Migrants’ social network and earnings
Prof. Lina Song, School of Contemporary Chinese Studies, University of Nottingham

A transition in migration in China: Towards a research agenda
Prof. Ronald Skeldon, Sussex Centre for Migration Research, University of Sussex

Appraisal and concluding remarks

End of the meeting


This international symposium is organised by the Confucius Institute and the Centre for Contemporary China jointly with the ESRC Centre for Population Change and Centre for Global Health Population, Poverty & Policy.


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