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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.

Type: Report
Date issued: 09 April 2009
Authors: Abella, Manolo
Format available: 17 p.

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?

Tags: decent work, labour policy, unskilled workers

Regions and countries covered: Japan, China, Korea, Republic of

Unit responsible: ILO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

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