SOAS University of London

School of Law

Yawen Yang

BA (NTU) LLMs (NTU, Yale, Cantab) MSc (LSE)
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Yawen Yang
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SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Russell Square: College Buildings
Thesis title:
Towards Democratic Citizenship for Temporary Migrant Workers: Cases of Taiwan and Canada
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PhD Research

Low-skill temporary migrant workers (TMWs) are received in many countries as a solution to labour shortages in sectors where working conditions are unattractive to citizens on the premise that they will go home before the work permit expires. This research takes as its starting point that the vulnerable and precarious status of TMWs is institutionalized by law through legal regulations of time and space. By developing a normative conception of equal citizenship, this research seeks to (1) challenge the simultaneous economic inclusion and political exclusion of TMWs, and (2) responds to the imposed temporariness and alienage.


  • Beyond Temporariness and Alienage: Temporary Migrant Worker Programmes in Taiwan and Canada. North American Taiwan Studies 2016 Annual Conference, University of Toronto, Canada, June 2016
  • Towards Democratic Citizenship for Temporary Migrant Workers (Poster session). The UCL Laws Post-Graduate and Early Career Conference, UCL, London, UK, February 2016
  • Towards Democratic Citizenship for Temporary Migrant Workers. The Graduate Research Conference: Dialogues and Networks: Responses and Challenges to Power and Injustice, Kent Law School, Canterbury, UK, May 2015


  • Socio-Legal Studies Association


  • Constitutional law
  • Citizenship theories