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Research project

Immigration and the Transformation of Chinese Society

This project is a three-year collaborative research between European and Chinese researchers (2015-2018). As a part of the China-Europe “Understanding Population Change” Collaborative Research Initiative, the project utilizes multidisciplinary research methodologies (social and cultural anthropology, demography, international relations and politics, legal studies, business studies, media studies, and education) to study the dynamics and implications of foreign immigration to China.

2015 - 2018
Agence Nationale de la Rocherche (ANR France)
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG Germany)
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC UK)
National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC China)
Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO Netherlands)
Indian Sikh Priests in Yiwu, Zhejiang Province (Source: Ka-Kin Cheuk)

Across the world, the new patterns of mobility create forms of cultural, ethnic and religious diversity that combine or clash with established ideas and interests vested in, nations, ethnic groups, and local communities. This project explores the nature and implications of this fundamental shift by a focus on China, the first and arguably most important of the 21st century's new superpowers. The new global migration flows and associated new diversities require multidisciplinary research to generate insights in order to adapt to current and future transitions and to develop creative responses. China's increasingly prominent role in the world will make her a key player and arena in these transitions.

Our research projects cover several regions in China and engage a wide range of topics and issues, namely: demographic transitions (Fudan University, China), immigration laws and border controls (Cologne University, Germany), cross-border marriages (Manchester University, UK), global traders in Chinese markets (Oxford University, UK and Leiden University), and international students in China (ESSCA, France).

More details about our research project can be found at our website: immigrantchina.net


For more information, please contact k.k.cheuk@hum.leidenuniv.nl

International Trade Centre in Keqiao, Zhejiang Province (Source: Ka-Kin Cheuk)
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