Return Migration Decisions

A Study on Highly Skilled Chinese in Japan

  • Ruth Achenbach

Part of the Life Course Research book series (LCR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVIII
  2. Ruth Achenbach
    Pages 19-25
  3. Ruth Achenbach
    Pages 79-98
  4. Ruth Achenbach
    Pages 99-115
  5. Ruth Achenbach
    Pages 269-278
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 279-320

About this book


Ruth Achenbach develops a model of individual return migration decision making, which examines both the process and the decisive factors in return migration decision making of Chinese highly skilled workers and students in Japan. She proposes to answer a question yet insufficiently explained by migration research: why do migrants deviate from their migration intentions and return sooner or later than planned, or not at all? Her study integrates factors from the spheres of career, family and lifestyle, and redefines stages in long-term decision-making processes, thereby contributing to decision and migration theory. She analyzes migrants’ shifting priorities over the course of migration, including a perspective on life course and on the impact of the triple catastrophe of March 11, 2011.

  • Return Migration Decision Making: Theoretical Considerations
  • Chinese Migration to Japan: Then and Now
  • A Conceptualization of (Locational) Decision-Making Processes
  • Impact of Career, Family and Lifestyle Factors on Migrants’ Locational Decisions
Target Groups
  • Researchers and students of Sociology, Migration, Decision Research, and Political Science
  • Practitioners of Regional Studies Japan / China
The Author
Ruth Achenbach is Academic Coordinator at the Interdisciplinary Centre for East Asian Studies (IZO) at Goethe University Frankfurt. Her research focuses on migration in East Asia with a focus on Japan. 


Decision Theory Decision-Making Processes Family Career Gender Students Life Course Research

Authors and affiliations

  • Ruth Achenbach
    • 1
  1. 1.Goethe-Universität Frankfurt Frankfurt am MainGermany

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