Skilled Migration, Citizenship, and Regional Belonging in Southeast Asia

The Region
13 NOV 2018

Skilled Migration, Citizenship, and Regional Belonging in Southeast Asia

One of the crucial issues in Southeast Asia’s regional integration is transnational migration within the region, which in theory fosters a sense of collective identity but which may actually strengthen the individual nationalisms within the region. My study, which investigates the circumstances, concomitants, and consequences of migrants from another Southeast Asian country acquiring Singaporean citizenship, probes the implications of a change in citizenship for nationhood and for a sense of belonging in Southeast Asia. The study hopes to bring to light the strategic intersections as well as tensions between transnational migration (which deterritorializes the origin state) and naturalization or acquisition of citizenship in another Southeast Asian state (which emphasizes sedimentation or settlement in a territorial state). My study addresses a very salient issue within Singapore, but it also transcends these local concerns because of the perspective on regional integration (which is not addressed by extant studies) as well as the dynamics of citizenship in the midst of transnationalism (which has made Singapore’s exclusive citizenship difficult to sustain in a transnational context, potentially at odds with Philippine citizenship).

Speaker(s)
Aguilar, Filomeno

Filomeno V Aguilar is Professor in the Department of History and Chief Editor of Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints. ... [read more]