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Is Immigration Necessary? Work, Growth, and the Future in Japan and the United States

(distributed by American Behavioral Scientist)
Edited by John Skrentny and the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, University of California – San Diego
Published August 2012, Volume 56, Number 8



John D. Skrentny, Micah Gell-Redman,and Jack Jin Gary Lee
Japan, the United States, and the Philosophical Bases of Immigration Policy


Frank D. Bean, Susan K. Brown, James D. Bachmeier, Zoya Gubernskaya, and Christopher D. Smith
Luxury, Necessity, and Anachronistic Workers: Does the United States Need Unskilled Immigrant Labor?

Yasushi Iguchi
What Role Do Low-Skilled Migrants Play in the Japanese Labor Markets?

Philip Martin
High-Skilled Migrants: S&E Workers in the United States

Nana Oishi
The Limits of Immigration Policies: The Challenges of Highly Skilled Migration in Japan

Marc R. Rosenblum
Alternatives to Migration in the United States: Policy Issues and Economic Impact

Toshimitsu Shinkawa
Substitutes for Immigrants?: Social Policy Responses to Population Decreases in Japan

Manolo Abella
The United States’ and Japan’s Immigration Dilemmas in Comparative Perspective

About the Editor

John Skrentny is the Director of CCIS and Professor of Sociology at UCSD. His current research focuses on the politics of immigration and the impact of immigration on the interpretation and implementation of American civil rights laws. His work in these areas compares developments in the United States with comparable developments in both Asia and Europe. The larger goal here is to understand how law and policy are made and to identify regional patterns of development across the world. His prior studies focused on the historical development of laws and policies to protect the rights and opportunities of minorities in the United States, including African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, and white ethnics, as well as immigrants, the disabled, gays/lesbians and women of all races and ethnicities. Skrentny is the author of The Ironies of Affirmative Action: Politics, Culture and Justice in America and The Minority Rights Revolution as well as editor of Color Lines: Affirmative Action, Immigration, and Civil Rights Options for America. His areas of expertise include politics, law, social movements, ethnicity, globalization, and culture.