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South Korea Immigration Detention

South Korea’s immigration control policy is characterized by tensions between the need for unskilled migrant workers, who have been actively recruited through a government supported program, and the objective of controlling the influx of unauthorized immigrants. The government stepped up efforts to curb undocumented migration in the early 1990s, but the lack of consensus between different political actors resulted in the hesitant implementation of restrictive policies. More recently, the government has begun to systematically arrest, detain, and deport irregular migrants.

South Korea Quick Facts

  • International migrants:
    1,232,200
    New asylum applications :
    1,361