Opening the Black Box of Migration: Brokers and the Organization of Transnational Mobility

The global expansion of the role ‘migrant brokers’ is an increasingly important and yet understudied component of transnational migration. This three-year collaboration will investigate the dramatic growth in the number of small flexible broker firms such as headhunters, law firms and consultants that facilitate movement within increasingly bureaucratic immigration systems. This project will comprise a number of workshops and publications, an online forum and exchange visits, each aiming to share empirical evidence that considers different aspects of the brokerage system within a wider framework of migration and globalization.

Awarding body:
Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education

Investigator(s) & Collaborator(s):
Johan Lindquist
Brenda Yeoh
Xiang Biao


Chee, H.L, B.S.A. Yeoh, and T.K.D. Vu, 2012. From Client to Matchmaker: Social Capital in the Making of Commercial Matchmaking Agents in MalaysiaPacific Affairs, Vol. 85, No. 1, pp. 89-114.

Lindquist, J., B. Xiang, and B.S.A. Yeoh, 2012. Introduction: Opening the black box of migration: Brokers, the organisation of transnational mobility, and the changing political economy in Asia. Pacific Affairs, Vol. 85, No. 1, pp. 7-18.