Skip main navigation

From labour migration in the Americas to forced migration in Southeast Asia and Oceania

In this brief article we explain the thematic and geographical switch between labour migration in the Americas and forced migration in Southeast Asia.

Having discussed regional labour migration in North and South America with a focus on men in the former and women in the latter, we turn now to investigate issues of forced migration and asylum seeking in different world regions, notably Southeast Asia and Oceania.

In the next steps, we shall investigate the forced migration of the Rohingya ethnic minority from Myanmar to Bangladesh and Thailand. While the plight of the Rohingya has attracted attention for over a decade now as Myanmar has been implementing an ethnic cleansing policy against a minority that was made stateless by a citizenship law in 1982, the issue hit the world news in August and September 2017 as over half a million Rohingya were forced to cross the border from Myanmar to Bangladesh.

Further ahead we shall discuss asylum seeking flows in the Pacific region with special attention to flows directed to Australia. We shall investigate the related Australian policy called the “Pacific Solution” and the challenges that it faces as it effectively prevents people from seeking international protection in the country.

This article is from the free online

Why Do People Migrate? Facts

Created by
FutureLearn - Learning For Life

Our purpose is to transform access to education.

We offer a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life.

We believe learning should be an enjoyable, social experience, so our courses offer the opportunity to discuss what you’re learning with others as you go, helping you make fresh discoveries and form new ideas.
You can unlock new opportunities with unlimited access to hundreds of online short courses for a year by subscribing to our Unlimited package. Build your knowledge with top universities and organisations.

Learn more about how FutureLearn is transforming access to education