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Destination choice of the 1995-2000 immigrants to Japan: salient features and multivariate explanation

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Liaw, Kao-Lee, and Y. Ishikawa. 2008. "Destination choice of the 1995-2000 immigrants to Japan: salient features and multivariate explanation." Environment and Planning A, 40(4): 806-830.

The purpose of this paper is to identify the salient features of the destination choices made by new immigrants who entered Japan in the 1995-2000 period, and to provide a multivariate explanation for their choice behaviors. The salient features can be summarized as follows; first, destination-choice patterns differed markedly by ethnicity; second, the higher the educational qualification of the immigrants, the greater the attraction of the Tokyo prefecture and the less dispersed the destination-choice pattern; and third, among female immigrants, those with the household status of daughter in law were more prone to go to the Tohoku region, where the maintenance of the traditional stem-family system was a serious concern. Our multivariate analysis has revealed that the destination choices made by the new immigrants were indeed subject to the selective effects of labor-market conditions, the distributions of coethnics, and the spatial patterns of marital opportunities in theoretically meaningful ways, and that labor-market conditions were most important, whereas marital opportunities were least important.

DOI:10.1068/a39187 (Full Text)

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