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Policy issues for a multicultural society viewed through social networks of major immigrant groups

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Frame of Image n aim to suggesting a policy agenda and directions for a multicultural society, this paper examines the size and type of the social networks of major immigrant groups to South Korea, including migrant workers and marriage-based immigrants, whose numbers are on the rise. Furthermore, it attempts to identify obstacles and contributors to the formation of their social networks. Keywords: Immigrants, Marriage-based immigrants, Social networks, Multicultural policy, Social integration
While struggling to adapt to a new environment, immigrants must face up to a diverse range of personal, familial, social, and economic challenges. Their integration into society is a process of addressing such issues. The relationships they form with the people surrounding them play a critical role in providing access to information and opportunities, as well as to the private and public support required for dealing with such challenges. Operating under this assumption, this research attempts to define social networks as a form of social capital that can be mobilized to address issues entailed in the social integration process, with a focus on issues of the social networks of immigrants. The social relationships of immigrants, which are typically referred to as social networks, are essential elements not only in individual immigrants’ adaption to a novel society, but also in the broader issues related to an evolved social order and the emerging social integration more appropriate for an increasingly


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Title Policy issues for a multicultural society viewed through social networks of major immigrant groups
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Material Type Articles
Author(English)

Kim, Yi-seon

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Seoul:Korea Women’s Development Institute

Date 2012-07
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Gender Studies and Policy Review:vol. 5
Pages 17
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
File Type Documents
Original Format pdf
Subject Social Development < Others
Holding KDI School

Abstract

All immigrants face a range of challenges, such as language, financial concerns, familial conflicts,
and health issues, all while struggling to adapt to an unfamiliar environment. Social networks
can play an important role in overcoming such challenges. With an aim to suggesting
a policy agenda and directions for a multicultural society, this paper examines the size and type
of the social networks of major immigrant groups to South Korea, including migrant workers
and marriage-based immigrants, whose numbers are on the rise. Furthermore, it attempts to
identify obstacles and contributors to the formation of their social networks.

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