International Migration in Asia and the Pacific: Determinants and Role of Economic Integration

Publication | October 2019

This paper examines patterns and key determinants of the movement of people from Asia and the Pacific, and explores its nexus with economic integration.

The study’s empirical analysis predicts large volume of bilateral migration if there is a wider income gap between host and source countries or growing share of older population in host economies. It finds the complementary role of economic ties, especially through trade and value chain linkages, in fostering cross-border migration of people. Asia and the Pacific stands to gain from its diverse demographic profiles, as more countries transition to skills-based and knowledge-intensive economies.


  • Introduction
  • International and Interregional Migration in Asia and the Pacific
  • Determinants of International Migration and Movement of Labor
  • Empirical Analysis
  • Future Migration Flows In and From Asia and the Pacific
  • Conclusions and Policy Implications
  • Appendix

Additional Details

  • Economics
  • Industry and trade
  • Social development and protection
  • Migration, trafficking, and human mobility
  • Social protection - labor and employment
  • 34
  • 8.5 x 11
  • WPS190473-2
  • 2313-6537 (print)
  • 2313-6545 (electronic)


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