Brokers of Globalization: Labor Recruitment and Transnational Migration from Indonesia

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Funding source

Swedish Research Council - Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2012
End date: 31/12/2014
Funding: 4336000 SEK


This project focuses on the brokerage systems that are shaping contemporary transnational migrant mobility from Indonesia to countries across Asia and the Middle East. Since the 1997 Asian economic crisis there has been a dramatic increase in documented migration from Indonesia, particularly to Malaysia and Saudi Arabia. At the center of this transformation are a growing number of private recruitment agencies that become brokers between state authorities, employers abroad, and potential migrants in villages across Indonesia. Empirically, the project focuses on the activities and networks of agencies centered in the Indonesian capital Jakarta and in the provinces of East Nusa Tenggara and West Nusa Tenggara. This shifts focus away from a primary concern with migrant experience towards the industry and infrastructure that channels migrant mobility. More generally, the empirical concern with migrant brokers offers a strategic methodological starting point for grasping how regulated systems of transnational circular migration are developing in Asia and across the world in the context of changing forms of globalization.

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