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About this seminar

This event is part of the IMI Seminar Series, Michaelmas term 2014.

This talk examines the economic mobility of foreign migrants in Japan.  In a country that is largely regarded as homogeneous and closed to outsiders, how and to what extent do immigrants achieve economic success?  A survey conducted by the authors revealed that the conventional assimilationist perspective does not fully explain immigrants’ economic success in Japan.  Instead, immigrants tend to experience "negative assimilation"; that is, their earnings decline over time in Japan.  Generally, the skills they brought from abroad were more accountable for their economic success, while locally specific human capital, such as education acquired in the host society, did not contribute to their earnings. - See more at: