Asia-Pacific Population Journal

For over two decades, the Asia-Pacific Population Journal (APPJ) has been taking the pulse of population and social issues unfolding in the region. Published by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), APPJ brings out high quality, evidence-based and forward-looking articles relevant for population policies and programmes in Asia and the Pacific. Prominent population experts, award-winning demographers, as well as lesser known researchers have been contributing articles, documenting over the years the evolution of thinking in this important sphere.


Moving and rootedness: The paradox of the brain drain among Samoan professionals

For almost half a century, conceptions of Pacific islander movement have been influenced by the perspective of national economic development — one to which many planners and policy makers subscribe. In this view, movement is assumed to be unidirectional, from the islands to the metropolitan Pacific. This assumption creates and enhances images such as “permanent migration”, “emigration”, “exodus” and “brain drain” which are fundamentally associated with the core-periphery and growth-centre constructs of the Western-derived model of dual economy (White and others, 1989). Not only do they seriously misrepresent locally rooted meanings of mobility among indigenous islanders, but also these images imply development uncertainties that will face island populations in the future.


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