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The Political Economy Of Health-Care Migration: A Japanese Perspective

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This chapter presents research on the political economy of international caregiver migration to Japan. It focuses on two developments; first, the socialization of care, which is currently also under way in Japan. The second development that will frame this study is the feminization of migration, a global trend that goes along with an increasing importance of service sector professions as receiving markets of migration workers. The chapter discusses that despite holding this potential for change in both policy areas, the EPA-guided migration system falls short of living up to its potential. It ties together the macro- and micro-data and focuses on the aspect of female migrants' recent labour market participation in Japan's health-care sector. The chapter aims to bridge the existing gap between migration studies in international political economies that tend to either concentrate on "the play of interest or on ideas and institutions to explain why states risk migration".

Keywords: feminization; health-care migration; Japan; macro structures; micro-data; political economy; socialization



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