We are a multidisciplinary network of scholars, researchers and practitioners with a central focus on expanding and nurturing academic research concerning local, regional and global migration. We welcome partnerships with government and non-government organisations, private and public groups and regional and international organisations. The centre also provides opportunities for researchers to build their expertise in the field of migration as interns, visiting scholars and fellows.
We aim to produce academic research through an action-oriented approach, encouraging multidisciplinary perspectives on existing and emerging migration issues and the challenges they pose to countries of origin and destination, migrants and non-migrants, and the organisations and institutions involved in its regulation.
We nurture the next generation of academics and practitioners by providing high-quality postgraduate education and career development in international migration.
We broaden and deepen public understanding of the specificities of international migration as it occurs in the Asia-Pacific region in relation to global trends and links between the local, regional and global levels.
Our research focuses on relationships between economic activity, social welfare, state sovereignty and cross-border mobility and how this plays out in the real experience of migrants and non-migrants on the ground.
The centre’s core strength lies in interdisciplinary and action-oriented approaches to labour and skills mobility, dynamics between institutions and the individual, gender and transnationalism. Our research treats migration as part of the broader phenomenon of social mobility.
We seek to engage with the policy community and public at large. In doing so, the centre draws on the wide range of expertise across the University, including the University of Sydney Law School, the University of Sydney Business School, and the Faculty of Medicine and Health. We partner with government, industry and non-government organisations to inform policy.
The Asia-Pacific Migration Centre comprises academics and researchers from several faculties within the University of Sydney and welcomes visitors and researchers in various disciplines from Australia and around the world.
Professor Oliver Razum
Professor Oliver Razum from Bielefeld School of Public Health, Germany, will be Visiting Researcher at SAPMiC from Dec 6, 2018 to March 15, 2019. He has conducted research on migration and health for more than 20 years.
While at SAPMiC, Oliver will compare Germany’s and Australia’s immigration regimes which offer contrasting scenarios: Germany opened its borders to refugees in 2015 but restricts asylum seekers' entitlements to health care; Australia offers immigrants substantially better access to health care according to MIPEX index for health but has a more restrictive entry policy.
Oliver will also examine how the right to asylumin in both countries, and particularly the right to health care for asylum seekers, has developed over time in the past 30 years. He will employ Professor Stephen Castles’s analytical lens, framing migration as “neither the main cause of social change nor a problem to be avoided”, but rather "an integral part of social transformation processes" (Özkul & Marotta 2018). At the same time, Oliver works to strengthen academic cooperation between Bielefeld and Sydney Asia Pacific Migration Center, as well as with Sydney Health Ethics (Professor Angus Dawson).
We showcase our work through a varriety of lectures, symposiums and conferences. We also welcome visiting scholars who wish to present their work.
Public Seminar | Crossing legalities: Inter-Asia sovereignty, borders, and infrastructure
23 September, 10am - 1pm, Wilkinson Building room 481
This public seminar proposes to examine how the transnational circulation of different actors between Oceania, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia has redefined economic, political and social networks in the disciplines of architecture, urban planning and law.
Featuring recent research by three SSRC fellows from the 2017 Inter-Asia cohort the seminar will explore how asylum seekers and refugees, lawyers, and casino industry developers among others are creating Inter-Asian networks across continents.
Dr Jennifer Ferng, Sydney School of Architecture, Design, Planning
Dr Sven Gallasch, Swinburne Law School
Dr Jeremy Kingsley, Swinburne Law School
Dr Kah-Wee Lee, Department of Architecture, National Universityof Singapore
Professor Mary Crock, Sydney Law School
RSVP: email@example.com. Light refreshments will be provided
PhD Masterclass | Crossing legalities: Inter-Asia sovereignty, borders, and infrastructure
24 September, 9:30am - 1pm, Wilkinson Building room 526
This masterclass will feature readings on architecture and law, and PhD students will have an opportunity to discuss their research in relation to Inter-Asia methodologies. We encourage participation from PhD students from different disciplines (anthropology, art history, architecture, foreign languages, history, law, sociology, etc).
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org. Lunch will be provided
14 - 15 November 2018
SAPMiC held a masterclass on the 14th and a research workshop on the 15th on 'Migrant workers in the farm sectors of the United States and Australia' at the University of Sydney. Both were productive days providing opportunities for collaborative research work.
21 March 2018
The withdrawal of the UK from the European Union has major implications for the UK National Health Service. Guest speaker Professor James Buchan from UTS presented on the implications and impact on flows of healthcare staff between the UK and countries of the EU.
12 April 2017
From building walls to stopping boats and attempts to ‘trade’ refugees between countries, are we absolving rich countries of their international refugee obligations and shifting the burden to poorer countries? Our panel examined the policies of the United States and Australia.
7 April 2017
9 March 2017
Professor Nicola Piper presented research informed by the concept of protracted precarity and analyses the patterns and dynamics of intra-Asia temporary labour migration and the dominant global and regional migration governance frameworks that sustain them.
10 February 2017
Delving into theoretical and empirical questions around resettlement and associated practices, comparing Australia and Korea, focusing on the resettlement of ethnic Karen refugees from Myanmar. Scholars from Australia and Korea presented and shared their insignts.