Dr. Sureeporn Punpuing, Director of Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University and Chairman of the Executive Board of Mahidol Migration Center (MMC), together with Dr. Manasigan Kanchanachitra from IPSR gave an interview in the Aamulehti Newspaper in Finland on the transnational migration situation between Thailand and EU and an ongoing collaborative project on the matter.
MMC under the leadership of Dr. Sureeporn attended a kick-off meeting during 7-8 February 2014 at Tampere University, Finland, for the Transnational Migration in Transition: Transformative Characteristics of Temporary Mobility of People project (EURA-NET). The EURA-NET is a collaborative project between academic institutions from 12 different countries—Finland, Belgium, the People's Republic of China, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Turkey, Ukraine, and Thailand. The Institute for Population and Social Research of Mahidol University will be representing Thailand in this project.
The objective of the EURA-NET project is to attain an understanding of the current characteristics and related policy impacts of temporary and circular transnational migration, e.g. border-crossing mobility of seasonal workers, students, tourists and corporate workers. The elementary aim is to promote migration governance in a development perspective at all levels. Theoretical and empirical studies will be accomplished to attain an understanding of the key factors in the past, and of the state of affairs in the political, legal, economic, social, cultural and educational contexts that challenge policy-makers and other stakeholders today and in the decades to come.
The mission of EURA-NET project derives from the fact that a key tendency in today’s world is an increase in people’s transnational activities and mobility back and forth between nation-states for different reasons. Roughly a billion people traverse nation-state borders annually, and an estimated 214 million people live outside the country of their birth. Recent trends suggest that ad hoc transnational mobility is increasing, which raises questions about ways of understanding the existing and potential impacts of transnational mobility in the context of increased global integration of economies, politics, and social relations.