International Labour Migration

Foreign Workers and Public Policy

  • David┬áBartram

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. David Bartram
    Pages 1-30
  3. David Bartram
    Pages 31-52
  4. David Bartram
    Pages 53-102
  5. David Bartram
    Pages 103-153
  6. David Bartram
    Pages 154-165
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 166-199

About this book


Studies of international labour migration typically assume that foreign labour is a universal feature of wealthy economies. Exploitation of foreign workers can contribute significantly to employers' profits. However, some wealthy societies do not import workers on a large scale, despite employers' pressures. Using Israel and Japan as empirical cases, this comparative-historical work investigates why some governments allow employers relatively free access to foreign labour, while others require alternative responses to labour shortages. A focus on variation leads to an innovative and insightful argument to explain international labour migration.


economic policy Governance Government migration Nation

Authors and affiliations

  • David┬áBartram
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of ReadingUK

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