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For full context: https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20180127/k10011304581000.html

The sentence in question:

厚生労働省は「人手不足や景気の回復を背景に、留学生のアルバイトや技能実習生の活用が進んでいる」としています

My attempt at translation: "Concerning the ministry of health, labour and welfare, they decide that the application of foreign students side-jobs and technical trainees for the labour shortage and support of business recovery is voluntary."

I asked about a lot of と constructions recently and Im already a bit paranoid that I stumble across the same mistakes again, but I cant help it. I think that I got it right here, since I looked up "to decide to" on jisho and I think that it fits the context. But Im not sure ^^ A と B する means "make A into B", as far as I remember, so this one "to decide to" is kind of contained in this more general interpretation. But nevertheless, Id like to confirm wether I got it right.^^

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「~~としています」, in this context, means "to judge and conclude" and it is frequently used in news reporting. In plain words, it means "to assume that ~~ is the case".

In other words, the phrase is used to describe one's (current) opinion or analysis on a given matter.

"It is 厚生労働省's (judgement and) conclusion that 人手不足や景気の回復を背景に、留学生のアルバイトや技能実習生の活用が進んでいる."

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