Southeast Asian women, migration and family in the global era

Friends enjoying the Australian Indonesian Families Association 2012 Australia Day celebration. Photo: AIFA Canberra Branch.
Friends enjoying the Australian Indonesian Families Association 2012 Australia Day celebration. Photo: AIFA Canberra Branch.

Congratulations to Dr. Leslie Butt (Department of Pacific and Asian Studies and CAPI) and Dr. Lisa Mitchell (Department of Anthropology, UVic) on being awarded an SSHRC Insight grant for their new project on skilled migrant women in Southeast Asia.

This new grant, which totals $357,000 over five years, will fund research into the impact of migration on the family and reproductive lives of a new generation of skilled migrant women, particularly from Indonesia and the Philippines, who leave home to work abroad in Canada, Australia and Singapore.  This research fills an important gap in scholarly understanding about migration and the effect it has on the family and on decisions concerning children within a new era of “global parenthood.”

The project is in collaboration with Dr. Nicole Constable (Yale-National University of Singapore, Singapore) and Deirdre McKay (Department of Geography, Keele University, UK).

This project will be housed at CAPI and will form one of the first initiatives in CAPI’s new Asia-focused Migration and Mobility program.  

“We are very excited to have this project at the Centre,” says Helen Lansdowne, Associate Director at CAPI. "It will provide an excellent foundation for long term program development in the area of migration and the family.”