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Migration Dialogue provides timely, factual and nonpartisan information and analysis of international migration issues through five major activities: the newsletters Migration News and Rural Migration News, Changing Face and other Research & Seminars, and the Sloan West Coast Program on Science and Engineering Workers.

Contact us at migrant@primal.ucdavis.edu.

Migration News: Japan, Korea

There were 1,235 Indonesians working in Japanese hospitals and nursing homes in summer 2014, and the quota for new admissions will be raised to 348 for 2015. Japanese host institutions pay foreign health care workers about $1,000 a month while they work and study to pass exams that are given in Japanese. If they pass the exams, the foreign nurses can stay in Japan indefinitely at regular Japanese wages.

More Japanese firms are hiring foreign graduates of Japanese universities. The New York Times reported August 25, 2014 on the dress and interview protocols for graduates when they interview for jobs. Most Japanese firms hire new graduates and train them internally, and the Japanese Ministry of Education and Science reported that almost 95 percent of the graduating students in 2014 found a full-time job by June 2014. Hiring fresh graduates and training them in-house means that young workers must wait for promotions and that mid-career hires are rare in Japan.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in June 2014 announced the creation of six economic zones where business regulations are to be relaxed in an effort to jump start the economy. In Osaka Prefecture, one proposal would allow Japanese households to employ foreign domestic workers so that Japanese women who now stay home could work for wages.

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  • Migration News

    Migration News

    Migration News is produced with the support of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and UCB Institute of European Studies. A paper edition is available by mail for $30 domestic and $50 foreign for one year and $55 and $95 for two years. Make checks payable to Migration Dialogue and send to

    Philip Martin, Department of Ag and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis, California 95616 USA.
  • Rural Migration News

    Rural Migration News

    Rural Migration News is produced with the support of the Colcom, Farm, and Giannini Foundations. A paper edition is available by mail for $30 domestic and $50 foreign for one year and $55 and $95 for two-years. Make checks payable to Migration Dialogue and send to

    Philip Martin, Department of Ag and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis, California 95616 USA.
  • Sloan Program On Science and Engineering Workers

    Sloan West Coast Program On S&E Workers

    This network of researchers hosts seminars on labor and immigration issues affecting science and engineering workers, compiles and distributes information on these issues, and cooperates closely with the NBER's SEWP.

  • Changing Face

    Changing Face

    The Changing Face project assesses the effects of immigrant farm workers on agriculture and agricultural communities.

  • Research & Seminars

    Research & Seminars

    Include Opinion Leader Seminars, the Comparative Immigration and Integration Program, and Transatlantic Migration Policy Issue seminars.