South East Asian workers in South Korea: Current status and issues

Tan, S.K. (2009) South East Asian workers in South Korea: Current status and issues. In: International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, 2-5 Jun 2009, Beijing, China. (Submitted)

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This paper examines the status and socio-economic issues that related to the South East Asian migrant workers in Korea, especially for the migrant workers from Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand and Philippine. The workers' perspectives and opinions on the government foreign worker's policy would be investigated. Since South Korea opened its labour market for the foreign workers, the foreign worker's policy has been changed for several times and thus given a big impact to the migrant workers' lives in Korea, particularly for the sojourn status of workers. In the first section of this paper, the statistics of South East Asian workers in South Korea are scrutinized and analyzed. The second section examines the development and the changes of foreign workers' policy in South Korea. The third section looks into the issues and problems faced by the foreign workers from the selected South East Asian countries, such as the illegal laborers' issues, wages, working environment, living condition and cultural gap. The workers' though and opinions on the Korean government policies would be discussed. It conclude that the government policy plays the most important role in determine the labor mobility of migrant workers and their working condition in Korea.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mr. Mohd Samsul Ismail
Date Deposited: 28 May 2014 06:52
Last Modified: 28 May 2014 06:52

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