We argue that regional comparison of East Asian and European ethnic return migration policy offers important new perspectives on nationhood, nondiscrimination norms, and trans-nationality. We find that despite international nondiscrimination norms, preferential ethnic return policy is common in both regions. These policies at least implicitly define the nation as existing across borders. However, there are significant regional differences. East Asian states use co-ethnic preferences instrumentally for economic goals and also offer preferential treatment of co-ethnic foreign investors. European states offer preferences to coethnics to protect these populations or express symbolic ties, sometimes at great expense. Thus, in Europe the state has an obligation to assist coethnics abroad, but in Asia, foreign coethnics assist the state.
|Translated title of the contribution||Defining nations in Europe and Asia: A comparative analysis of ethnic return migration policy|
|Pages (from-to)||793 - 825|
|Number of pages||32|
|Journal||International Migration Review|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 2007|
Bibliographical notePublisher: Blackwell
- SPAIS Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship