ide Japan for work, study or other forms of long-term
travel. On the other hand, immigration to Japan is increasing rapidly. In 2008,
legal long-term foreign residents numbered around 2. 2 million, twice as many
as in the 1980s.
Some migrants are highly skilled workers such as professors or bankers. Most,
though, work in low skilled jobs, often as small factory, service or care
workers. Many have married Japanese and some are taking Japanese
citizenship. Although official policy does not encourage permanent migration
to Japan, more and more migrants are in fact settling permanently. As Japan's
population declines and ages, leaving fewer Japanese workers and taxpayers to
support the elderly population, this trend is likely to continue.
Against the background of increasing globalization, it is therefore likely
that immigration will become one of the most important issues for the
Japanese government and society in the 21st century.
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(fD Migrants move in and out of almost every region.
(B) Migration mainly involves highly skilled workers.
(C) Most migrants are men and their families.
(D Most migrants move to warmer countries.
(E) Most migrants to Europe are from Africa.