Policies on admission low-skilled workers in Korea, Japan and Taiwan (China): Similarities and differences

Examines the role that policies are likely to play in the long-term of the three East Asian countries given demographic trends and social and economic changes that evolve in post-industrial societies.


Unlike Taiwan (China) both Japan and Korea have long-standing policies which eschew the admission of low-skilled labour from abroad. What prompted them to abandon or make exceptions to the policy? Having opened their gates to low-skilled foreign workers, what policies and programmes did the three countries adopt to address concerns over the likelihood of permanent stay, proble s with social integration and possible negative impact on wages of native workers?