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Kim: International Marriage Migrant Women in Korea



The findings of various studies and policy reports on marriage change, international marriage migrant women and its issues are presented in this study.


Research objectives were accomplished by conducting a literature review. The main areas of the literature review included married migrant women, its challenges, and current policies for international marriage migrant women.


Women migrating through international marriage are known to face various difficulties due to their migration. Some important obstacles women migrants face in the Republic of Korea are cultural differences in daily lifestyle, language, food, health care services, cultural assumptions, gender structure, family relationships, expected roles within family, interpersonal relationships and more. The plights of married migrant women include commercialization of international marriage, false information regarding the spouse, family abuse, insecure nationality, economic difficulty and unemployment, racial prejudice, and cultural maladjustment. Current support policies for migrant women living in Korea are suggested.


This study concluded with policy implications and recommendations for future study. In addition, the author suggests the necessity of programs and policies for the improvement of married migrant women's well-being based on women's health and family nursing dimensions.

Figures and Tables

Figure 1
Nationality of female international marriage migrants
(Source; Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs, April, 2006)
Table 1
Number of immigrants by sex (Republic of Korea, 1995-2005)

Source: Korea National Statistical Office (


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