ABOUT MISA

 

Asia has been the site of intense international labor migration since the 1970s. In order to better understand the phenomenon and to formulate pro-active migration policies and programs, researchers, policymakers and activists need reliable, timely and accessible international migration statistics. This has not been easy in view of the diverse economic, social and political make-up of the region. Some countries/areas collect limited data on international migration. There are countries/areas which may generate international migration data, but these are not accessible for various reasons: the data are not processed, or data are not available to the public, or language may be a barrier in accessing them. The Migration Information System in Asia (MISA) Project is intended to enhance the dissemination of and access to international migration data.


Launched in May 2007, MISA aims to build a network of cooperators in selected countries/areas in Asia to set up a system for the collection, updating, reporting, and sharing of international migration data in the region. Contributions to MISA are provided by country/area coordinators and project activities are coordinated by the Scalabrini Migration Center.


MISA was inspired by the Continuous Reporting System on Migration (SOPEMI) of the OECD which, since the 1970s, pioneered a system for continuous reporting, updating and sharing of international migration data among member-countries/areas. SOPEMI rests on a network of country/area correspondents, who prepare national reports summarizing the main trends and currents on international migration in their respective countries/areas. SOPEMI holds an annual meeting in Paris where correspondents present their reports and exchange information with each other. The national reports are collated and published in the annual edition, International Migration Outlook.
 
MISA hopes to build a similar network of cooperators and to develop a mechanism for collecting, reporting and sharing of international migration data. In particular, MISA focuses on official data, i.e., data produced by government agencies. MISA covers 13 countries/areas in East, South-East and South Asia. Lack of contacts and access to resources in West and Central Asia limited the project to these three sub-regions. The participating countries/areas include: China, Hong Kong (China), the Republic of Korea, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam. Initially, MISA targeted to cover 20 countries/areas, but only 13 countries/areas continued to be part of the initiative (see MISA NETWORK).
 
Between May 2007 and January 2009, MISA was a component of the Asian Programme on the Governance of Labour Migration, an EU-supported initiative carried out by the International Labour Organization-Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. The two main outputs of the project during the first phase are: (1) country/area papers which describe the international migration data and sources generated in each area, (see Country/Area Report), and (2) international migration data presented by country/area (see Show Data). The continuing support of the International Labour Organization-Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific for the second phase of MISA, which started in June 2009, is gratefully acknowledged. The second phase of MISA aims to cover other countries in the region and to build on the activities and outcomes of the first phase.

 

 

MISA NETWORK

MISA PROJECT COUNTRY/AREA COORDINATORS, ASSOCIATE , AND ILO AND SMC

 

SOUTHEAST ASIA

 

INDONESIA

Dr. Sukamdi
Senior Research Associate
Center for Population and Policy Studies
Gadjah Mada University
Bulaksumur G-7, Yogyakarta 55281
Indonesia
Tel: +62-274-563079, 518856, 901152
Fax: +62-274-582230
Email: sukamdi@cpps.or.id
Website: http://www.cpps.or.id

MALAYSIA

Dr. Vijayakumari Kanapathy
Independent Consultant
No. 14, Jalan USJ 11/1B
47620 Subang Jaya
Selangor, Malaysia
Tel: +60-19-212-8568
Email: vijayakumarikanapathy@gmail.com

PHILIPPINES

Dr. Maruja Asis
Director of Research and Publications
Scalabrini Migration Center
4, 13th St., New Manila
1112 Quezon City
The Philippines
Tel: +63-2-724-3512/13
Fax: +63-2-721-4296
Email: marlaasis@smc.org.ph
Website: http://www.smc.org.ph

SINGAPORE

Dr. Yap Mui Teng
Senior Research Fellow
Institute of Policy Studies
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
National University of Singapore
I C Cluny Road, House No 5
Singapore 259599
Singapore
Tel: +65-6-516-8367
Fax: +65-6-763-6033
Email: yap.muiteng@nus.edu.sg

THAILAND Dr. Supang Chantavanich

Director
Asian Research Center for Migration
Institute of Asian Studies
Chulalongkorn University
3rd & 7th floor, Prajadhipok-Rabhai Barni Bldg.
Phyathai Road, Bangkok 10330
Thailand
Tel: +66-2-218-7462; +66-2-218-7415
Fax: +66-2-255-1124
Email: Supang.C@Chula.ac.th
Website: http://www.arcm.info

VIET NAM Dr. Dang Nguyen Anh

Vice-Director
Viet Nam Asia-Pacific Center of Hanoi
54 Lane 12, Dao Tan Street
Ba Dinh, Hanoi
Viet Nam
Tel: +84-4-273-0408       
Email: danganhphat@yahoo.com

 

EAST ASIA

 

CHINA

Dr. Yu Zhu

Center for Population and Development Research
C/o School of Geography
Fujian Normal University
Fuzhou, Fujian Province 350007
P. R. China
Tel: +86-591-8803-7795; +86-138-5908-2438
Fax: +86-591-8346-5397
Email: zhu300@pub6.fz.fj.cn

HONG KONG, CHINA

Dr. Amy Sim
Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology
Room 1214, 12 Floor KK Leung Building
University of Hong Kong
Pokfulam Road
Hong Kong, China
Tel: +85-2-2859-2058       
Fax: +85-2-2859-4074
59-4074
Email: amysim11@gmail.com

JAPAN

Dr. Motoko Shuto
Professor
Institute of Social Sciences
University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan
Japan
Tel: 81-298-56-6438
Fax: 81-298-56-6611
Email: shuto@social.tsukaba.ac.jp
Website: www.dpipe.tsukuba.ac.jp/Index-right.htm

REPUBLIC OF KOREA

Dr. Park Young-bum
Department of Economics
Hansung University
2-289 Samsungdong
Seoungbuk, Seoul

The Republic of Korea
Tel: +82-2-760-4061
Email: ybpark@hansung.ac.kr

SOUTH ASIA

 

BANGLADESH

Mr. Mohammad Jalal Uddin Sikder
Senior Research Associate
Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit
University of Dhaka
3/3-E Bijoynagar, Sattar Bhaban (4th Floor)
Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Tel: +880-2-936-0338
Fax: +880-2-836-2441
Email: mdsikder@yahoo.com or rmmrubj@aitlbd.net
Website: http://www.rmmru.net

INDIA

Dr. S. Irudaya Rajan
Chair Research Unit on International Migration
Centre for Development Studies
Prasanth Bagar, Ulloor
Trivandrum 695 011
Kerala, India
Tel : +91-471-244-8881 (ext: 211)
Fax: +91-471-244-7137
Email: sirajan@vsnl.com; rajan@cds.ac.in
Website: http://www.cds.edu/home.htm

NEPAL

Dr. Bal Kumar K.C.
Executive Head
Central Department of Population Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Tribhuvan University
Kirtipur, Kathmandu
Nepal
Tel: +977-1-433-1323/433-0716
Fax: +977-1-433-1324
Email: bkkc@mos.com.np Website: http://www.cdps.edu.np/index.html

PAKISTAN

Mr. Haris Gazdar
Senior Researcher
Collective for Social Science Research
173-I, Block 2, PECHS, Karachi-75400
Pakistan
Tel: +92-21-455-1482
Fax: +92-21-454-7532
Email: gasht@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.researchcollective.org

SRI LANKA

Mr. L.K. Ruhunage
Additional General Manager
Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment
Tel : +94 11 2288291
Fax : +94 11 2864146
Email : dgm_fr@slbfe.lk
Website: http://www.slbfe.lk

MISA ASSOCIATE

TAIWAN PROVINCE OF CHINA

Ms. Lorna Kung
Director
Scalabrini International Migration Network
2F, Sec. 3
Chungshan N. Rd.
Chungshan District
Taipei City
Taiwan Province of China
Tel: +886-2-25995943
Fax: +886-2-25956471
Email: lorna0201@hotmail.com

 

ILO and SMC

ILO

Ms. Thetis Mangahas
Senior Migration Specialist
Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
UN Building 10th Floor
Rajdamnern Nok Avenue
Bangkok 10200
Thailand
Email: mangahas@ilo.org
Tel: +66-2-288-1722
Fax: +66-2-288-3063

 

Dr. Manolo Abella
Chief Technical Adviser
Asian Programme on the Governance of Labour Migration
(May 2007-January 2009)

 

 

Ms. Rakawin Leechanavanichpan
Programme Officer
(May 2007-January 2009)

 

Mr. Pracha Vasuprasat
Chief Technical Advisor
ILO Japan/Migration project on Managing Cross-Border Movement of Labour in Southeast Asia
ILO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
Tel. +66 288 1740
Email: pracha@ilo.org

 

Ms. Maria Galotti
Chief Technical Advisor
Going back - moving on: economic and social empowerment of migrants, including victims of trafficking, returned from the EU countries (EEC migration project)
ILO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
Tel. +66 288 1775
Email: galotti@ilo.org

 

Ms. Lotte Kejser
Chief Technical Advisor
ILO Project Combating Forced Labour and Trafficking in Domestic Workers in South East Asia
ILO Jakarta
Tel: +62-21-3913112
Email: kejser@ilo.org

 

Ms. Kathleen Speake
Chief Technical Advisor
Project to prevent trafficking in girls and young women for labour exploitation within China (CP-TING Project)
ILO Beijing
Tel: 8610 6532 9273
Email: kspeake@ilo.org

SMC

Dr. Fabio Baggio
Director
4, 13th St., New Manila
1112 Quezon City
The Philippines
Tel: +63-2-724-3512/13
Telfax: +63-2-721-4296
Email: fabio@smc.org.ph
Website: www.smc.org.ph

 

Ms. Katherine Bueno-Toribio
Project Officer
(15 June 2009-20 November 2009)

 

Ms. Ronna Dimayuga
Project Officer
(4 February 2008-31 May 2009)

 

Ms. Seori Choi
Project Officer
(1 May 2007-15 February 2008)

 

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The Migration Information System in Asia (MISA) is supported by the International Labour Organization-Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. It is coordinated by the Scalabrini Migration Center.