International Migration of Highly Skilled Workers to Japan and Germany.

Current Models and Future Outlooks

International Symposium
in English Language, 15-16 December 2011
Hamburg Chamber of Commerce

Japan and Germany are both countries facing an increasing economic competition from the newly industrializing countries. Moreover, both Japan and Germany are rapidly aging societies, which due to a decline in working age population will face severe labor shortages in the all too near future. In order to keep their positions as two of the world's leading economies, they need to focus on training highly skilled personnel to match the economic structural change. Efforts in both countries to invite highly skilled migrants or to engage in advanced vocational training of migrants already residing in the country have either been few or of little success.

Questions in this realm, which need to be discussed more thoroughly and are thus raised in this symposium include the following: Which criteria do governments set for desired migration, and how do they aim at implementing these criteria? Which other actors (business federations, labor unions, nongovernmental organizations) influence the shaping of immigration - and integration - policies? How does immigration change the societal structure of the receiving countries, and how can these changes be addressed coherently? The symposium aims at contributing to the ongoing discourse on how to achieve well-directed immigration to industrialized nations.

Hamburg Chamber of Commerce
Adolphsplatz 1
20457 Hamburg

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