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TRANS-ASIA Joint Seminar Series 2014 – JSC with MAI “Securing Global Talent”

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Securing Global Talent?: Highly Skilled Migration in Japan and Asia presented by Associate Professor Nana Oishi

 The competition for global talent has been becoming fierce in Asia as the region continues to experience strong economic growth. Many countries have been adopting special schemes to promote the immigration of professionals. This presentation will focus on Japan which has been adopting one of the most open policies on highly skilled migration, and yet has not been successful in attracting global talent. Why is it that its open policy has not been effective?  

Is the new “point system” going to improve the current situation? It will provide the overview of recent policy development on and the future challenges of highly skilled migration in Japan.
The second part of the presentation will shed light on the real voices of highly skilled migrants in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore, particularly those who have been going through multiple moves. Which factors are crucial for them when they choose their destinations? This part of the presentation will examine the underlying motivations of global talent, the institutional structures that facilitated their multiple migrations, and their rights issues. It will also pose some policy questions about the increasing “temporariness” of permanent residency and citizenship.

About the Speaker:
Nana Oishi is Associate Professor in Japanese Studies and the Deputy Director of Asia Institute at the University of Melbourne. Prior to joining the University of Melbourne in 2013, she was Professor of Sociology at Sophia University in Tokyo. Dr. Oishi has been working on international migration and integration issues, and have served on various national advisory boards on Japan’s immigration policies. Her work includes Women in Motion: Globalization, State Policies, and Labor Migration in Asia (Stanford University Press 2005) and “The Limits of Immigration Policies: The Challenges of Highly-Skilled Migration in Japan” (American Behavioral Scientist, 2012). Her current research examines the multiple migrations of highly skilled professionals in Asia and the Pacific. She holds a Ph.D. degree in Sociology from Harvard University.

View Flyer  TransAsia Joint Seminar

 Wednesday 9 April,

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Japanese Studies Centre Auditorium

Building 54

Monash Clayton Campus