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Title:'Entangled in Tokyo': exploring diverse pathways of labor market incorporation of African immigrants in Japan
Author:Schans, Djamila
Year:2012
Periodical:African Diaspora: a Journal of Transnational Africa in a Global World (ISSN 1872-5457)
Volume:5
Issue:1
Pages:73-89
Language:English
Geographic term:Japan
Subjects:Africans
immigrants
labour market
employment
Link:http://hdl.handle.net/10.1163/187254612X646215
Abstract:This article explores employment practices and pathways of labour market incorporation of sub-Saharan African immigrants in Japan. Based on secondary information as well as five months of ethnographic fieldwork in Tokyo and its suburbs, the article first describes the history of migration from Africa to Japan and the current demographic characteristics of African immigrants in Japan. The article then continues to describe the employment practices of African immigrants to explore questions surrounding integration, incorporation, and the use of human and social capital in the Japanese context. The findings give a first indication of the mechanisms behind the diverse trajectories, especially highlighting the importance of entrepreneurship, transnational ties with the country of origin, and ties with Japanese nationals in facilitating labor market incorporation. Finally, attention is given to the role of the Japanese State in facilitating or hindering opportunities for employment. Bibliogr., notes, sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]
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