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After-Development DynamicsSouth Korea's Contemporary Engagement with Asia$
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Anthony P. D'Costa

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198729433

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198729433.001.0001

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Assimilation and socioeconomic hardship of Asian migrants in South Korea

Assimilation and socioeconomic hardship of Asian migrants in South Korea

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(p.221) 12 Assimilation and socioeconomic hardship of Asian migrants in South Korea
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After-Development Dynamics
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Seong-Kyu Ha

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198729433.003.0012

South Korea’s reliance on foreign labor is likely to continue unabated due to the rapid ageing of the Korean population, low fertility rates, shortage of manual workers, and increasing inter-ethnic marriage. However, this chapter shows that newcomers are diverse in origin and ethnic background, and they frequently face multiple problems in accessing information about employment, cultural, and economic issues in Korea. This chapter examines the assimilation process of immigrants and foreign workers and their social interactions. It also explores their socioeconomic hardships. While migration is inevitable, the challenge is how to resolve the tension between foreigners and Koreans. To address these issues, this chapter explores mixed communities in the Seoul metropolitan region through a questionnaire and field survey. The chapter assesses the generally recognized elements of assimilation processes and socioeconomic hardships experienced by newcomers to Korea.

Keywords:   assimilation, migration, immigrants, socioeconomic hardship, foreign labor, mixed communities, Seoul metropolitan region

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