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International marriages in South Korea: The significance of nationality and ethnicity

Title
International marriages in South Korea: The significance of nationality and ethnicity
Authors
Lee Y.-J.Seol D.-H.Cho S.-N.
Ewha Authors
조성남
SCOPUS Author ID
조성남scopus
Issue Date
2006
Journal Title
Journal of Population Research
ISSN
1443-2447JCR Link
Citation
vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 165 - 182
Indexed
SCOPUS scopus
Abstract
International marriage has increased drastically in South Korea in recent years, and by 2005, 13.6 per cent of marriages involved a foreign spouse. The purpose of this study is twofold: to explore the demographic demand and supply of foreign spouses in the marriage market in South Korea, and to examine how social positions of foreign wives vary by their place in the marriage market as determined by their nationality and ethnicity. Data show that the demand for foreign spouses is particularly strong among rural never-married and urban divorced Korean men. Among foreign wives, Chinese, especially Korean Chinese, tend to marry divorced Koreans, partly because many of them have also been married before. The Korean Chinese are the most autonomous among five groups of foreign wives examined, showing the highest rates of Korean citizenship, divorce-separation, and employment. Southeast Asian women tend to marry rural never-married men, and they are the most adaptive to the host society in the way they show among the highest rates of Korean citizenship and employment (after controlling for their poor Korean proficiency and short duration in Korea). Their divorce-separation rate is the lowest regardless of such control. This study demonstrates that marriage migrants' adaptation to the host society differs significantly by nationality and ethnic origin.
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