Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies

The Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies (ASEAS) is an international, interdisciplinary and open access social sciences journal covering a variety of topics (culture, economics, geography, politics, society) from both historical and contemporary perspectives. Topics should be related to Southeast Asia, but are not restricted to the geographical region, when spatial and political borders of Southeast Asia are crossed or transcended, e.g., in the case of linguistics, diaspora groups or forms of socio-cultural transfer. ASEAS publishes two focus issues per year and we welcome out-of-focus submissions at any time. The journal invites both established as well as young scholars to present research results and theoretical and methodical discussions, to report about on-going research projects or field studies, to publish conference reports, to conduct interviews with experts in the field, and to review relevant books. Articles can be submitted in German or English.

Impact Factor: 0.62 (CiteScore 2017)

Online ISSN: 1999-253X

Published by SEAS (Society of South-East Asian Studies)

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Vol 11, No 2 (2018)

Forced Migration in Southeast Asia

The current issue of ASEAS, 11(2), discusses the highly relevant topic of forced migration in Southeast Asia. Historically, the region is known for the so called boat people crisis in the aftermath of the Vietnam War between 1975 and mid 1995, when almost 800,000 Vietnamese fled their country by sea in fear of prosecution. Currently, Southeast Asia is experiencing its second major forced migration crisis with nearly one million Rohingya people who fled Myanmar in fear of an ongoing genocide committed by the Armed Forces of Myanmar. Thus far, we know little about the current state of refugees and internally displaced persons in Southeast Asia. There are only estimates available on the actual number of people that migrate involuntarily to or within the region. However, according to UNHCR estimates, 3.37 million of the 68.5 million forced migrant population worldwide were hosted by Southeast Asian countries in 2017. At the same time, Southeast Asia has one of the weakest protection frameworks for refugees and asylum seekers worldwide. Only Cambodia, the Philippines, and Timor-Leste have ratified the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 protocol. Contributions to this issue include two case studies from Indonesia focusing on refugee self-organization and the local politics of hospitality towards refugees respectively, and one article that scrutinizes the politics of refugees and asylum seekers registration in Malaysia and Thailand.

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Table of Contents

Forced Migration in Southeast Asia
Gunnar Stange, Patrick Sakdapolrak

Current Research on Southeast Asia

Thomas Mitchell Brown
Jera Lego
Antje Missbach, Yunizar Adiputera, Atin Prabandari
Claudia Seise

Network Southeast Asia

Workshop Report: Central Kalimantan in the Year 2030: Natural Resources, Social Justice, and Sustainable Development
Kristina Großmann

In Dialogue

Gunnar Stange

Book Reviews

Book Review: Vatikiotis, M. (2017). Blood and Silk: Power and Conflict in Modern Southeast Asia.
Jera Lego