Labour Markets, Care Regimes and Foreign Care Worker Policies in East Asia

TitleLabour Markets, Care Regimes and Foreign Care Worker Policies in East Asia
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsSong, Jiyeoun
JournalSocial Policy & Administration
Volume49
Issue3
Pagination376 - 393
Date Published2015///
KeywordsEast Asia, foreign care workers, gender, immigration, Japan, Korea, labor market, public social care provision, Taiwan
Abstract

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.