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Report/Press release

Migration Profile of the Republic of Korea




Jung-Eun Oh, Dong Kwan · Kang, Julia Jiwon Shin, Lee Sang-lim , Seung Bok Lee, and Kiseon Chung


This research report presents the Migration Profile for the Republic of Korea (hereafter, Korea). The report
adapts and builds on the model of other migration profiles, and breaks new ground in approaching the profile exercise
from the perspective of a highly developed country, and one now predominantly characterized by inward migration.
The process of developing the Profile is briefly described and highlights the intention for this Profile to serve as both
a consultative process and, ultimately, a definitive resource. The Profile examines the demographic, socio-economic,
cultural and historic context of migration in Korea. It presents an analysis of the current migration situation in Korea
from both its inward and outwards aspects. It also reviews migration policy governance including related laws, migrants
support programmes, internal and external actors, and other related information. The Profile concludes by suggesting
some key implications for future migration policy development for Korea, but does not intend to or attempt to set out
a comprehensive new migration policy framework. It is intended to inform those concerned with developing such new
policies for Korea.

Series title

The IOM Migration Research and Training Centre Research Report Serires

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Responsible institution

International Organization for Migration Publications Unit

Place published

Republic of Korea

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Korea, migration profile, immigration, emigration, basic plan, social integration, migration data

Content types

Policy analysis

Target groups

(Im)migrants workers, Policymakers, Journalists, Public awareness, Employers, agencies and their representatives, Researchers, Unions, and NGOs/community groups/solidarity networks

Geographical focuses

China, Philippines, Bangladesh, India, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Pakistan