‘Love in Asia’, ‘Human Documentary of Multicultural Families’, ‘Fierce Fight between Multicultural Mother-in-law and Daughter-in-law’, ‘Living in Korea.’ These TV programs did not exist up until early 2000s in Korea. These are the TV programs that were designed as Korea converted into multicultural society as its economy grew rapidly. By closely examining the real lives of foreigners living in Korea, the programs tell their hardships and happiness of members of multicultural families and migrant workers in Korea.
Multicultural society is, diversified society, in terms of ethnicity, race and culture, and in this society, various lifestyles coexist within one country or society. According to 2016 report from Ministry of Justice, the number of foreigners living in Korea is 2.04 million, composing 4% of the entire population. If their population grow at this rate, Korea would be converted to much more diversified multicultural society. Meanwhile, the multicultural society composed of marriage immigrants and migrant workers are facing new challenges.To briefly introduce, first of all, the influx of residents engaging in service and sales, and other simple labors is remarkable. This phenomenon is due to the great influx of laborers from nearby developing countries, including Southeast Asian countries, who work in 3D jobs that Koreans hesitate to work for. In addition, more than 20% of marriage immigrant families are classified as low-income families with income less than 1 million KRW per month. As a result, the government is trying to support them, but it is never enough for them. This essay would explore challenges that multicultural families and migrant workers are facing, and would suggest possible support for them.
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