|Title||Labour Markets, Care Regimes and Foreign Care Worker Policies in East Asia|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2015|
|Journal||Social Policy & Administration|
|Pagination||376 - 393|
|Keywords||East Asia, foreign care workers, gender, immigration, Japan, Korea, labor market, public social care provision, Taiwan|
This article analyzes the politics of foreign care worker policies in Japan, Korea and Taiwan. In the face of socio-demographic challenges, these countries have responded differently to the increasing demand for hiring foreign care workers, creating distinct policies with respect to the origins of the foreign care workforce, the size of the foreign care workforce in the labour market, and job specifications. In this article, I argue that the interaction of female employment patterns, the public provision (or lack) of social care, and labour market policies in the care service sector determines the diverging political pathways of foreign care worker policies in these three countries over the past two decades.