Asia’s Closed Door to Immigration

Despite nearly 30 years of headlong industrial development in Asia, individual governments are still reluctant to allow workers to migrate freely across borders to find jobs, according to an exhaustive new study of migration patterns by the OECD. While more Asians are moving to Asia’s richer parts, the numbers are quite small compared with those who go to the West and Australasia. And the numbers who are able to stay permanently and take on a new nationality is even smaller. Asians from poorer countries and without ethnic links still see far more opportunities in North America and Australasia, and even in Europe, than they do in Japan and Korea.

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