Regulatory approaches to managing skilled migration: Indonesian nurses in Japan

Michele Ford, Kumiko Kawashima

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Abstract

This article examines the Japan-Indonesia Economic Partnership Agreement, an agreement that has allowed Japan to supplement its local healthcare workforce while continuing to sidestep the thorny issue of labour and immigration policy reform and Indonesia to increase its skilled workers' access to the Japanese labour market at a time when it was making a concerted effort to reorient migrant labour flows away from informal sector occupations. Despite the programme's many problems, it has contributed to the use of trade agreements as a mechanism for regulating labour migration, and so to the normalisation of migrant labour as a tradable commodity rather than a discrete area of policy-making, with all the attendant risks that normalisation brings.

LanguageEnglish
Pages231-247
Number of pages17
JournalEconomic and Labour Relations Review
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016

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Japan
Nurses
Migrant labor
Normalization
Skilled migration
Indonesia
Immigration policy
Labor policy
Skilled workers
Informal sector
Economic Partnership Agreements
Labour migration
Trade agreements
Healthcare
Workforce
Labour market
Policy reform
Policy making
Commodities

Keywords

  • Care work
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • labour migration
  • trade agreements

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