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Incorporating foreigners in Korea : The politics of differentiated membership

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  • Lee, Byoungh
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Title Incorporating foreigners in Korea
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The politics of differentiated membership

Material Type Articles
Author(English)

Lee, Byoungh

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[Seoul]:Sookmyung Institute for Multicultural Studies

Date 2010
Journal Title; Vol./Issue OMNES : The Journal of Multicultural Society:vol. 1(no. 2)
Pages 30
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Social Development < Others
Government and Law < International Politics
Holding Sookmyung Institute for Multicultural Studies

Abstract

This article examines how ethnically homogenous country such as Korea has built a structure of hierarchical membership responding to the increase of foreign population. By focusing on three groups including low-skilled migrant workers, ethnic Koreans with foreign nationalities, and international marriage migrants, I investigate how they are differentially and discriminately constructed in the government’s policies. Considering economic utility and national competitiveness, among low- skilled migrant workers legal workers are partially excluded from immigrant integration policies, while undocumented workers are totally excluded. The economic concern is also manifested in the Korean government’s approach to ethnic Koreans with foreign nationalities. While Korean Americans are considered a valuable resource contributing foreign capital and professionally skilled workers, Joseonjok are treated as foreign migrant workers in low-skilled sectors who are less likely to disrupt ethnic order of Korea. (The rest omitted)