Negative assimilation: How immigrants experience economic mobility in Japan
Ayumi Takenaka (University of Oxford), Makiko Nakamuro (Keio University), and Kenji Ishida (University of Tokyo)
Tuesday, 14 October 2014, 1pm to 2pm
Seminar Room 3, ODID, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TB
Hosted by International Migration Institute
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: http://www.imi.ox.ac.uk/events/negative-assimilation#sthash.vicwX1Dl.dpuf