How do migrants from the BRICS countries participate in shaping the global society?

China in Comparative Perspective Network (CCPN) at LSE is engaged in an international collaborative research project known as ‘Comparative Studies on the New Migrants from BRIC counties in America, Australia, Japan and the UK’ (2009-2013). The project is collaborative with the Department of Sociology, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan. funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and involves researchers from Australia, Brazil, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Russia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, UK, and USA. Our research focuses on ‘new migrants’ who migrated from BRIC countries to the UK, the USA, Australia and Japan since 1989.

In responding to the changes from BRIC to BRICS, the large and fast-growing economies (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), which significantly influence regional and global affairs, we have added migrants from South Affric in the UK in the comparative studies. Both the BRICS countries themselves and the migrants they send out are of great importance in shaping the future of global society.

Our research can be used to identify ways of fostering the economic and social well-being of BRICS migrants in the four countries under study, and enhance their economic and social contribution to their host countries. We are also interested in ways in which migrants residing abroad can assist in the development of their home countries.

Apart from standard social scientific methods this project uses online questionnaire survey (it will be closed by the 31st January 2013). You are welcome to participate in the survey and the data can be shared at your request.

Date:2nd March 2013, Saturday;  Time: 9:00am-17:00;  Venue: CLM.2.02, LSE

Organisers and convenors



  • Professor Lixing Chen, KGU, Japan; President of Japan-Sino Sociological
  • Association  Dr Xiangqun Chang, Co-Director of CCPN, LSE

Chairs and speakers


  • Professor Athar Hussain, Director of Asian Research Centre, LSE
  • Dr Kent Deng, Director of CCPN; Reader of Economic History, LSE


Morning session 9:00-13:00

Chair: Professor Athar Hussain, Director of Asia Research Centre, LSE
Welcome and guest speeches 9:00-10:15

  • BRICS migrants in the UK, By Lord Michael Bates, Deputy Speaker and Deputy Chairman of the House of Lords
  • The Chinese in Europe: Migration history and their participation in shaping European society, by Professor Minghuan Li, Department of Sociology, Xiamen University, China; Consultant of Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of State Council, PRC
  • UK academic (tbc)

Case studies on the BRICS migrants and migration in the global society

  • 10:15-10:45 Is Japan’s Labour Structure in Transition? Lessons from the Brazilian Labour in the Mie Prefecture, by Professor KUMARA Ananda, Vice-President of Suzuka International University, Japan
  • 10:45-11:15 Russian skilled migration: perspectives from sending and receiving countries, by Dr Esuna Dugarova, Research Analyst, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), Switzerland
    11:15-11:30 break
    11:30-12:00 From vulnerability to flexibility: Indian middleman traders in Shaoxing, China, by Mr Ka-kin Cheuk, PhD candidate, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford, UK
  • 12:00-12:30 Chinese lawyers in Brazil, Australia and the UK – a three way comparison, by Ms Helen Tung, Barrister, 1 Temple Avenue Chambers, London, UK
  • 12:30-13:00 South Africa as the BRICS Gateway to Africa and its Implications for Migration Patterns, by Ms Ana Faria-Santana, by CCPN Research Associate, LSE; former Research Director, Centre for Chinese Studies, University of Stellenbosch – South Africa
  • 13:00-14:00 Lunch (will be provided at the venue)
    Afternoon session: 13:00-17:00
  • The relationship migrated citizens have with their country of origin in a global society
  • Chair: Dr Kent Deng, Director of CCPN and Reader in Economic History, LSE
  • 2:00-:2:30 Comparative studies on what influence the migration from BRICs channelling back to their home countries, by Professor CHEN Lixing, PI of the BRIC migrant project, School of Sociology, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan; President of Japan-China Sociological Society (JCSS), Japan
  • 2:30-3:00 Homeland Calling, Family Pulling: New Migrants from BRIC Countries in the UK, USA, Australia and Japan, by Dr SHAO Chunfen, Lecturer of Department of Japanese Studies, the University of Sydney, Australia
    3:00-3:15 break
    3:15-3:45 Allegiance Problems to Settled and Home Countries: Dynamics and Effects, by Professor KOMAI Hiroshi, Professor Emeritus, the University of Tsukuba, Japan
  • 3:45-4:15 How do Migrants from the BRICS Countries Participate in Shaping the Global Society? An overview by Dr Xiangqun Chang, Co-PI of the BRIC migrant project, CCPN, LSE, UK
    4:15-5:00 Closing remarks tbc Professor Stephan Feuchtwang, Department of Anthropology, LSE


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Jacqueline Nivard

Jacqueline Nivard, Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine

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