Educationally channeled international labor mobility: Contemporary student migration from China to Japan

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International education is an important channel of labor migration. Most commonly, this form of labor migration is considered as "brain drain," represented by the retention of graduate students in science and engineering in the host labor market. This case study of contemporary Chinese student migration to Japan shows that international students have different credentials, interests, and motivations for migrating abroad, and consequently provide the host society both unskilled and skilled labor power. Moreover, Chinese students' labor market practices as skilled labor migrants show their important roles in the economic globalization. Aside from scientific and engineering skills, Chinese students use their linguistic and cultural competencies to act as intermediaries between their host and home economies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)178-204
Number of pages27
JournalInternational Migration Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Mar 18


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  • Demography
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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