"Chinese Migration to the EU Periphery: New Survey Data from Hungary and Portugal"
Fri, September 19, 2014 • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM • Meyerson Conference Room
Talk By Amy Liu, University of Texas at Austin
The countries in the EU periphery, many of whom were third wave democracies, have emerged as an alternative destination for Chinese migrants. For example, Hungary ranks fifteenth in the world—after the likes of the United States, Italy, and Australia—in the number of residency permits issued each year to the Chinese. Yet despite the growing population, countries in the EU periphery are generally overlooked by scholars of overseas Chinese. Similarly, the Chinese remain an omitted community in European migration studies. This paper addresses this gap by highlighting the results from two surveys conducted in Hungary and Portugal. These surveys, the largest ever done in both countries identify a number of demographic characteristics and trace the migrants’ journey from China to the EU frontier—and beyond. The contribution of these surveys is three-fold. First, they corroborate the ethnographic evidence from what little research has been done on either one of the two Chinese communities. Second, they allow for systematic comparison between the two communities. Third, they offer the possibility for generalizing our understanding of the Chinese migrants in Europe.
Amy Liu (PhD Emory University) is an assistant professor in the government department at the University of Texas at Austin. Her areas of scholarly interest include language politics and the Chinese diaspora. Her book Standardizing Diversity (2015 Pennsylvania) examines the politics of language regimes in Southeast Asia. She is currently working on another book project focusing on Chinese migration into Eastern Europe.