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AS150 3-7-08 - Malaysia International Norms AS150"Migration...

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Malaysia & International Norms 3/7/2008 AS150, “Migration and Multiculturalism in Asia”
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Malaysia Amy Gurowitz, “Migrant rights and activism in Malaysia: Opportunities and Constrains” “Ethnic balance” in the post-colonial period Malays 50% ”bumiputra” (sons of the soil) Chinese 30% Indians 9% Each group has distinct identity. 1969 Ethnic riot targetting Chinese
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Migrant Workers 700,000 registered (2000) 1,000,000+ undocumented, Sarawak, Sabah 75% Indonesia 25% Bangladesh, Philippines Pakistan, Thailand Men in construction, plantation agriculture (rubber, palm oil) Women in domestic service
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Migration Policies & Treatment of Migrant Workers Labor demands increased. Undocumented migration increased. Indonesians and Thais, neighbors Strict border control Ad hoc & contradictory policies Permission for employment Arrests, deportation, detention camps Very little attention on human rights
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Increased Activism
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