The 'Unpeople' of South Korea
Idiocy and Violence of Immigration

Aziz, Reza

Publisher:  Dissident Voice
Date Written:  10/01/2019
Year Published:  2019  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX23224

Who are the ‘unpeople’ of South Korea? They are an majority of illegal migrants who lack basic rights and security and believed to deserve it according to the laws and principles under which Korean society operates.




As of September 23, 2018, there are 330,005 foreigners, mostly from South East Asia and post-Soviet countries, who are residing in South Korea illegally. Those who accepted illegal status in Korea with a goal of supporting their families and improving their economic conditions often have to suffer not only racism, verbal abuses, precariousness, substandard working and living conditions, but also a constant threat of deportation.

Immigration raids periodically conducted by the Korean government not only deprive migrant workers of their means of survival but also leave in them a long-term psychological damage.

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