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Determinants of international labor migration to Korea

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 2013 KIEP
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Since the 1990s Korea has emerged as one of the major migration destinations in Asia. This paper represents one of the first attempts to examine the determinants of bilateral labor migration to Korea across source countries and over time. We analyze the effects of economic, demographic, and policy factors. We also examine the role played by trade between Korea and origin countries. The results suggest that economic fundamentals, including income level in Korea, as well as demographic factors both in origin countries and Korea, play an important role, while different patterns are observed for skilled and unskilled migrant workers. We also found that trade is an important predictor of the size and composition of foreign migrant population in Korea. We speculate that trade influences migration to Korea through the information effect and foreign labor policy channel. Keywords: international labor migration, determinants, skilled and unskilled labor JEL Classification: F22, J61, F1
Dr. Yoon Ah Oh is Research Fellow of KIEP. She received her Masters degree in Social Science from the National University of Singapore and Ph.D. in Political Science from the Ohio State University. Her research interests include international migration, economic sanctions, foreign aid and political economy issues of developing countries with a special focus on Southeast Asia. Dr. Jione Jung is Research Fellow of the KIEP. She g


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Title Determinants of international labor migration to Korea
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Material Type Reports
Author(English)

Oh, Yoon Ah; Jung, Jione

Publisher

Korea Institute for International Economic Policy

Date 2013-12
Series Title; No KIEP Working Paper / 13-08
Pages 52
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
File Type Documents
Original Format pdf
Subject Social Development < Population
Holding Korea Institute for International Economic Policy