Griffith Asia Institute Research Seminar: The Politics of Immigration in South Korea

Griffith Asia Institute Research Seminar: The Politics of Immigration in South Korea
Griffith Asia Institute Research Seminar: The Politics of Immigration in South Korea

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Other David Hundt

Presented by: David Hundt, Senior Lecturer in International Relations [School of Humanities and Social Sciences], Deakin University

David Hundt presents a research paper that analyses public opinion in order to explore the politics of immigration in South Korea. He 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. He also explains how and why attitudes towards immigration depend to a significant degree on how migrants are described. The paper 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.

David Hundt is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University, Melbourne. His research interests are international relations, politics and political economy in the Asia–Pacific region, with a particular focus on Korea. He attained a PhD from the University of Queensland in 2005, and began working at Deakin University in 2007. David has published on topics such as the politics of economic development in South Korea, immigration in the ROK, and the evolution of South Korea's foreign policy. He has been an associate editor of the Australian Journal of Political Science during the journal's time at Deakin, and he is also the regional editor (Korea) for Asian Studies Review.

To RSVP, please contact Christine Kowalski on (07) 3735 4705 or events-gai@griffith.edu.au by 11.00am Monday 23 May 2016.


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