The processes of migration and health are inextricably linked in complex ways, with migration impacting on the mental and physical health of individuals and communities. Health itself can be a motivation for moving or a reason for staying, and migration can have implications on the health of those who move, those who are left behind, and the communities that receive migrants. This volume brings together some of the increasing number of researchers who are studying health and migration in Asia - a continent which is a major exporter and importer of human resources. Using both quantitative and qualitative approaches, the essays included in this work investigate the interdisciplinary issues of health and health-related behaviours in the field of migration. Comprehensive and scholarly, Migration and Health in Asia also covers major themes such as the pandemics of HIV/AIDS and SARS, differential access to health and civil society for migrants, and the health of the populations who are left behind.
Santosh Jatrana is a research fellow at the department of Public Health, Wellington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Otago, New Zealand. She is a demographer with particular research interest in the field of social demography, such as socioeconomic inequality and mortality, child health, gender, demography of ethnic minority, ageing and health, migrant health, and maternal employment and family commitments. Mika Toyota is a research fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. She is a social anthropologist whose research focuses on transnational networks, the geopolitics of borderlands, migration, gender and the changing family in Asia. Brenda S.A. Yeoh is Professor of Geography at the National University of Singapore, and the Principal Investigator of the Asian MetaCentre. Her research focuses on the politics of space in colonial and post-colonial cities; and gender, migration and transnational communities.