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Public opinion, social cohesion and the politics of immigration in South Korea

Hundt, David 2016, Public opinion, social cohesion and the politics of immigration in South Korea, Contemporary politics, vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 487-504, doi: 10.1080/13569775.2016.1186346.

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Title Public opinion, social cohesion and the politics of immigration in South Korea
Author(s) Hundt, DavidORCID iD for Hundt, David
Journal name Contemporary politics
Volume number 22
Issue number 4
Start page 487
End page 504
Total pages 18
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1469-3631
Keyword(s) public opinion
social cohesion
South Korea
Summary This article analyses public opinion in order to explore the politics of immigration in South Korea. It argues that there are divergent views about immigration and the obligations of the host society to accommodate migrants. Younger, better-educated citizens are representative of a majority that has a generally positive view of immigrants and immigration. A sizeable minority of older and less well-educated citizens, however, is warier of immigration and its effects on South Korean society. Men were more likely than women to have a positive view of immigration, but the differences along gender lines were small. The article also finds that attitudes towards immigration depend to a significant degree on how migrants are described. It thereby highlights the possibility that South Korea’s leaders could use immigration for political gain while also seeking to attract new migrants in order to resolve the country’s economic and demographic problems.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13569775.2016.1186346
Field of Research 160603 Comparative Government and Politics
160602 Citizenship
160606 Government and Politics of Asia and The Pacific
1606 Political Science
Socio Economic Objective 940201 Civics and Citizenship
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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