Project Aims

The IMAGE-Asia project aims to compare the level, patterns, processes and spatial impacts of internal migration across the countries of Asia. It seeks to enhance understanding of internal migration across this diverse region, using a systematic approach that draws on the datasets and migration indicators developed through the Global IMAGE project, focusing on three dimensions of migration: intensity, age composition and spatial redistribution.

The project is centred at and funded by the Asian Demographic Research Institute (ADRI) at Shanghai University (, in conjunction with the Queensland Centre for Population Research (QCPR) at the University of Queensland. It is also being undertaken in association with the Asian MetaCentre for Population and Sustainable Development Analysis, which now has its headquarters at ADRI.

In keeping with its mission, ADRI has established IMAGE-Asia as a collaborative project, involving international scholars from 20 countries throughout the region. By adopting a standard framework for analysis in each country and a common set of migration measures, we hope to maximise comparability between countries. At the same time, drawing on country-level expertise ensures that findings are interpreted in the appropriate social, economic and cultural context. By combining quantitative analysis with qualitative insights, this blended approach aims to provide a new perspective on migration dynamics in Asia and help pinpoint the role of local contingences in shaping migration patterns.

The project will result in a series of country monographs to be published mid-2019.