The Politics of Diaspora Management in the Republic of Korea


Mylonas, Harris. 2013. “The Politics of Diaspora Management in the Republic of Korea.” The Asan Institute for Policy Studies Issue Brief 81: 1-12. Copy at
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The Republic of Korea has an elaborate diaspora management policy since the 1990s. But what accounts for the variation in policies toward Koreans in China, Japan, North America, and the former Soviet Union? In this issue brief I explore various explanations for this variation: ethnic hierarchy, with some of these communities considered as more purely Korean than others; the timing and reasons behind the emigration of each group; the skills that each community has; the degree of organization abroad; and, finally, the nature of interstate relations and balance of power between South Korea and the respective host states.