SP030 - Social inclusion of rural-urban migrants in South-East Asia
Convened by Edward Lahiff (University College Cork, Ireland)

Rural-urban migrants in South-East Asia, often poor and relatively unskilled, struggle to establish themselves in urban spaces, and face a range of social, economic and bureaucratic barriers to achieving access to decent work and social benefits. Civil society organisations attempt to fill the gaps in policy, but often face hostility from the state. Social inclusion depends on solidarity between rural and urban people, and across social classes, and contributes greatly to peace and social justice. Papers are invited that address current challenges of social inclusion at the level of theory, international comparative studies and country-specific empirical studies.