chapter  7
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The changing relationship between ‘schools for foreigners’ and formal schools

ByKAORI H. OKANO

In the last two decades, however, we have seen greater interaction between formal schools and schools for foreigners. As formal mainstream schools faced significant numbers of new migrants, they began to inter­ act with groups in the civil society (including schools for foreigners) in order to facilitate the integration of these students. This chapter exam­ ines schools for foreigners and their relationship with formal schools. It aims to (1) demonstrate that schools for foreigners became more diverse and more visible; (2) uncover how and why their relationship with formal schools has changed in recent years; and (3) explore how these changes affect the overall structure of education and the society.