2015 国際助成プログラム International Grant Program      
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Integration of Migrants and Social Policy Issues: Reflections from Japan, Korea and Thailand Towards the Creation of an Inclusive Society
日下部 京子
Kyoko Kusakabe
Asian Institute of Technology
(Grant Amount)
企画書・概要 (Abstract of Project Proposal)


The 2013/2014 IGP projects on multicultural society, especially in Thailand (there are five projects in Thailand out of the total nine), most of us have studied social services education and health targeted to migrants and their children.Through our discussion with other receiving countries, such as Japan and Korea, we noted the separation between mainstream social policies and programs and policies/programs for migrants. We argue that the challenges that migrants face in the country of destination is deeply related to the social structure and practices in the receiving country, which many of the low income nationals in the country also experience similar problems. That is, if we can create more inclusive society where migrants can also enjoy protection in rights and decent work and living, this will improve the lives of the socially excluded nationals as well, and vice versa. Therefore, it is important that migrant issues are integrated into the mainstream social policies in the receiving countries. In our project, we will discuss what are the barriers in integrating migrant issues into social policies/programs, and how it can be tackled by learning from each other through mutual participation in country workshops/field visits, and a regional conference.

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