Ongoing Projects:

  1. One -Belt -One-Road Initiative and its implications for international migration(2017-2020)
The One-Belt-One-Road (OBOR) initiative, proposed by the Chinese government in 2013, is indeed likely to have a significant impact on the regions along the land-based Silk Road Economic Belt across the Eurasian continent and the oceanic Maritime Silk Road linking Asia, Europe, and Africa. Driven by large-scale investments in infrastructure, improved transportation and communication facilities, economic collaborations and educational and cultural exchanges across countries and regions – leading to increasing international migration flows – have contributed to changes in population growth and population compositions (by age, education, rural/urban residence, religion, nationality), as well as in spatial distribution. This research project aims to understand the historical changes and assess plausible trends of international migration flows among the countries along the OBOR and of other global regions. We will explore the impact of international migration on population dynamics and human capital under the OBOR initiative and study the consequences of population movement on changes in labor productivity, consumption patterns and lifestyles, economic growth, social integration, resource use and environmental protection in both the origins and destinations of migration.
This project is supported by the National Social Science Foundation of the China National Key Project (16ZDA088, PI: Leiwen Jiang). The four sub-projects are: (1) Assessment and projection of international migration along the OBOR (led by Guy Abel); (2) Impacts of international migration on population dynamics and human capital of the OBOR countries (led by Samir KC); (3) The effects of international migration driven by OBOR initiative on the countries, communities and left-behind families in the origins (led by Yu Zhu); (4) International migrants in mega cities of China: comparative analysis between Shanghai and Hong Kong (led by Yuzhao Liu).
Other research team members:  Chen Chen, Jianping Wang, Markus Speringer, Marcus Wurzer, Lin Liyue, Zhen Li, Wenqian Ke, Xiulin Sun, Amr Abdelwahed
Progress and output
• Supported the Asian Population Association SG Workshop “The One-Belt-One-Road Strategy and its Implications for International Migration and Socioeconomic Change”, Oct. 10-11, 2017 in the Asian Demographic Research Institute (ADRI) at Shanghai University, Shanghai, China.
• Guy Abel: One-Belt-One-Road and international migration: quantifying past patterns and future scenarios. Presented at the Shanghai Forum, May 27, 2017, Shanghai; at the China Sociology Association Annual Meeting, July 10, 2017, Shanghai; at Workshop “The One-Belt-One-Road Strategy and its Implications for International Migration and Socioeconomic Change”, Oct. 10-11, 2017, Shanghai.
• Leiwen Jiang, Zhen Liu, Deborah Balk, Mark Montgomery, Brian O’Neill: The urbanization pathways and urbanward migration along the One-Belt-One-Road. Presented at the Shanghai Forum, May 27, 2017, Shanghai;
• Samir KC: Population and human capital dynamics in OBOR region: Challenges and opportunities. Presented at the China Sociology Association Annual Meeting, July 10, 2017, Shanghai.
• Yuzhao Liu and Wei Chen: International migrants in Shanghai under OBOR policies. Presented at the Shanghai Forum, May 27, 2017, Shanghai; at the China Sociology Association Annual Meeting, July 10, 2017, Shanghai; at the workshop “The One-Belt-One-Road Strategy and its Implications for International Migration and Socioeconomic Change”, Oct. 10-11, 2017, Shanghai.
• Leiwen Jiang, Zhen Liu, Martin Bell, Deborah Balk, Brian O’Neill, Mark Montgomery: Internal migration with urbanization along the One-Belt-One-Road. Presented at the Shanghai Forum, May 27, 2017, Shanghai; at the China Sociology Association Annual Meeting, July 10, 2017, Shanghai; at the workshop “The One-Belt-One-Road Strategy and its Implications for International Migration and Socioeconomic Change”, Oct. 10-11, 2017, Shanghai.
• Jing Gao and Leiwen Jiang: OBOR: Current social and ecological trends and anticipated impact assessment. Presented at the workshop “The One-Belt-One-Road Strategy and its Implications for International Migration and Socioeconomic Change”, Oct. 10-11, 2017, Shanghai.