Evaluating Intergenerational Mobilities and Migration Issues in an Era of Lockdowns

Managing Demographic Change in Southeast Asia: Challenges and Issues Amidst the ‘New Normal’

Session 2

About the Webinar

Managing demographic changes also require an understanding of issues beyond fertility and life expectancy. The role of migration and intergenerational mobility, therefore, remain important factors affecting the shifting demographic profile of all societies. This is no different in the case of Southeast Asia, as Dr Dipinder Singh Randhawa (Nanyang Technological University) examines how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted intergenerational mobility while discussing potential policy considerations to address challenges in the face of growing income gaps. Dr Steve K L Chan (Keimyung University), on the other hand, analyzes the complex reasons and policy issues surrounding outgoing unskilled migrant workers from Thailand and Vietnam—two of Southeast Asia’s fasting ageing societies—to South Korea. The struggles of these workers have now been further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Finally, Dr Kevin S Y Tan (ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute) evaluates the consequences of the COVID-19 lockdowns that have resulted in an extended closure of the two causeways linking Singapore and Malaysia. The policy challenges of negotiating and navigating the complexities in resuming travel between Singapore and Johor Bahru at the risk of new waves of infections will be discussed.

This workshop is supported by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.

Download the workshop programme here.

About the Panelists:

Dr Dipinder Singh Randhawa
Adjunct Senior Fellow, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Dr Steve K L Chan
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Keimyung University, South Korea

Dr Kevin S Y Tan
Visiting Senior Fellow, Regional Social and Cultural Studies Programme, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute


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Nov 19 2020


3:00 pm - 4:30 pm