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Insurgency and advocacy : Unauthorized foreign workers and civil society in South Korea

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Title Insurgency and advocacy
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Unauthorized foreign workers and civil society in South Korea

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Author(English)

Kim, Joon

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Philippines:SAGE journals

Date 2003
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Asian and Pacific Migration Journal:vol. 12(no. 3)
Pages 171
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
File Type Link
Original Format pdf
Subject Social Development < Employment
Holding Scalabrini Migration Center

Abstract

Due to major structural changes in the 1980s, South Korea initiated an international contract labor program known as the industrial trainee system in 1991. Started ostensibly as a temporary measure to deal with domestic labor shortage in the declining manufacturing sector, the program has spread recently to other sectors, including fisheries, construction and agriculture. Currently, over 300,000 unskilled foreigners reside in South Korea, of which two out of every three persons are identified as unauthorized workers. This article examines how the South Korean industrial trainee program systematically produces unauthorized workers and highlights the role of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in protecting the human rights of foreign workers. The successful collaboration of South Korea’s civil society stems from its unique historical formation, rooted in democracy movements of earlier decades. It also implicates strong prospects for substantive integration of foreign workers and, as a consequence, suggests important changes in the country’s social and economic structures.