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Labour migration to South Korea : Policies and problems related to illegal workers

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  • Labour migration to South Korea
  • Hasan, Sarah
  • World Congress of Korean Studies


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Title Labour migration to South Korea
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Policies and problems related to illegal workers

Material Type Articles
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Hasan, Sarah

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[Gyeonggi]:World Congress of Korean Studies

Date 2012-09
Pages 11
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
File Type Link
Subject Social Development < Employment
Holding World Congress of Korean Studies

Abstract

Labor migrations revolve around push and pull factors between labor-sending and labor-receiving countries. In the case of South Korea, reasons behind the increase in labor migration include rapid industrialization and demographic features. Despite intense efforts, a shortage of labor has persisted. Since the 1990s, various policies have been introduced to bring in and manage migrant workers. This paper argues that despite increased legislative reforms in the fields of labor and immigration, issues such as the increase in illegal migrant workers and the vulnerability of these workers to human rights abuses have been left untackled. The paper highlights how these policies have in fact, further divided ‘illegal workers’ from ‘legal workers’. The paper reviews labor immigration policies and points out loopholes in them.