Changing attitudes towards immigration and democracy in South Korea

Hundt, David 2015, Changing attitudes towards immigration and democracy in South Korea, in Proceedings of the 2015 Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference, Australian Political Studies Association, Parkville, Vic., pp. 1-20.

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Title Changing attitudes towards immigration and democracy in South Korea
Author(s) Hundt, DavidORCID iD for Hundt, David
Conference name Australian Political Studies Association. Conference (2015 : Canberra, Australian Capital Territory)
Conference location Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Conference dates 28-30 Sept. 2015
Title of proceedings Proceedings of the 2015 Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference
Publication date 2015
Start page 1
End page 20
Total pages 20
Publisher Australian Political Studies Association
Place of publication Parkville, Vic.
Keyword(s) democracy
South Korea
public opinion
Summary If democracy belongs to 'the people', an important test of any democratic society is its treatment of non-citizens, new citizens and others who do not enjoy full civic rights. At times of economic and social upheaval, even societies where democracy is well established may witness anti-immigrant sentiment. This paper analyses how newcomers in South Korea are perceived as workers, neighbours and citizens. These modes of integration imply different degrees of commitment on the part of the host society to the acceptance of new citizens or residents, and thus to democracy. The paper finds that there is some overlap between public opinion and official immigration policy, in that both exhibit a ‘hierarchy of citizenship’, but public opinion is not monolithic. South Koreans prefer some immigrants over others, but seem open to the notion that the boundaries of the political community can and do change over time.
Language eng
Field of Research 160509 Public Administration
160510 Public Policy
Socio Economic Objective 940203 Political Systems
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
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