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  • P-ISSN0023-3900
  • E-ISSN2733-9343

The State and Migrant Women: Diverging Hopes in the Making of “Multicultural Families” in Contemporary Korea

Korea Journal, (P)0023-3900; (E)2733-9343
2007, v.47 no.4, pp.100-99
https://doi.org/10.25024/kj.2007.47.4.100

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Abstract

This paper provides an in-depth understanding of the current condi-tions and the status of migrant women in Korea by examining theKorean government policy relating to them. The rapid increase in thenumber of migrant women in recent years has initiated a new type offamily known as the multicultural family. This has also fuelled activediscussions about cultural diversity and multiculturalism. However, the concept of multicultural families is appropriated bythe Korean government, which does not recognize the different culturalbackgrounds and aspirations of migrant women, to cope with the mul-titude of social problems, such as declining birth rates, rising divorcerates, and sex ratio imbalances, in the marriage market. This paperargues that the multicultural family in Korea is a site where Korea as anation, civil society in Korea, and migrant women as a category strug-gle over the meaning of the term multicultural.

keywords
multicultural family cross-border marriage internationalmarriage migrant women marriage migrants multiculturalism migration marriage brokers101 The State and Migrant Women multicultural family cross-border marriage internationalmarriage migrant women marriage migrants multiculturalism migration marriage brokers101 The State and Migrant Women

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