A different perspective to examine the causes of African immigration to Asia, taking into consideration the differences between an African immigrant in the West, which has been widely published, and the African immigrant to the East, that is hardly known to the world. What are the pull and push forces for Africans to migrate to East Asia? However, in comparison to the Western types of migration, does Africans get to East Asia by crowded ships, walking through the desert or by air with visas and stay permit.
African immigrants in the East not only come to seek better life and high standard of living, they create labour for their local economics, they play a key role in the micro economic development of the societies (Lan, 2015; Reicheneker, 2011). Compare to their counterparts in the West they are also employers of labor in their host communities. The need for a stable supply chain management plays a major role in migration to the East. Unlike big corporations that enters foreign markets using a well-developed and established marketing model, African immigrants to East Asia rely on one market entry model which is sending a family representative to Asia to manage the supply chain. In this process, they overstay their tourist visas which is 30 days in China, 90 days in both Korea and Japan. Which is too short a period to conclude their businesses?
The need to explore or examine the reasons for Africans migrating to East Asia informed this panel. It is hoped that the panel will be able to dive deeper into the causes of African migration and how these Africans in the East can be recognised by their host national governments. Uzama (2022) suggested some social factors such as shiroi koibito (marriage/find love) and personal introductions of Chinese living in Africa to their homeland in China to local Africans, and the environmental disasters such as drought, harsh weather conditions and flooding as some of the causes of migration to the East.
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