Liaw K-L, Ishikawa Y, 2008, "Destination choice of the 1995 – 2000 immigrants to Japan: salient features and multivariate explanation" Environment and Planning A 40(4) 806 – 830
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Destination choice of the 1995 – 2000 immigrants to Japan: salient features and multivariate explanation
Kao-Lee Liaw, Yoshitaka Ishikawa
Received 27 May 2006; in revised form 25 July 2006; published online 29 August 2007
Abstract. The purpose of this paper is to identify the salient features of the destination choices made by new immigrants who entered Japan in the 1995 – 2000 period, and to provide a multivariate explanation for their choice behaviors. The salient features can be summarized as follows; first, destination-choice patterns differed markedly by ethnicity; second, the higher the educational qualification of the immigrants, the greater the attraction of the Tokyo prefecture and the less dispersed the destination-choice pattern; and third, among female immigrants, those with the household status of daughter in law were more prone to go to the Tohoku region, where the maintenance of the traditional stem-family system was a serious concern. Our multivariate analysis has revealed that the destination choices made by the new immigrants were indeed subject to the selective effects of labor-market conditions, the distributions of coethnics, and the spatial patterns of marital opportunities in theoretically meaningful ways, and that labor-market conditions were most important, whereas marital opportunities were least important.
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