Extra! Korea

May 26, 2009

Only 23% of immigrant women married their Korean husbands for love

Filed under: economics, expatriates, gender equality — extrakorea @ 8:29 am

A Chosun Ilbo article describes how 65.2% of 4,060 immigrant women in Incheon married their Korean husbands after only one or two meetings.

Asked why they married Korean men, 23.6 percent said they wanted a new life away from their homeland. A similar number of respondents, or 23.3 percent, said they married their husbands because they loved them. Some 18.7 percent said they wanted to live in Korea due to its economic strength, while 17 percent said they wanted to support their families at home.

So only 23.3% of them married for love, and all of the others cited economic reasons. Here is a rough breakdown of the ethnic makeup of these women.

There are 7,074 foreign women married to Koreans in Incheon, 39.7 percent of whom are Korean Chinese, 34 percent Chinese, 9.8 percent Vietnamese, 4.5 percent Philippine, 2.1 percent Japanese, and 2 percent Thai.

So about 40% of these “foreign” women are ethnically Korean, and so they’re actually not so “foreign” after all.

By the way, I saw the Korean movie “Thirst” and was pleased to see that one of the major characters, and a sympathetic one at that, was a Filipina.

4 Comments »

  1. I would imagine somewhat different results if the survey were done on such women in rural areas, probably lower but possibly higher, too. Inchŏn, methinks, is not the most representative city in Korea for these things.

    Comment by kushibo — May 26, 2009 @ 11:47 am

    • I think that Incheon (Inchŏn) is a pretty representative city. To be blunt, they’re all Seoul wannabes, basically, except for a special few like Gyeong-ju.

      Comment by extrakorea — May 26, 2009 @ 11:29 pm

      • I realized I sort of garbled what I meant to say: Inchŏn is not the most representative place in Korea for these things.

        As you say, Inchŏn is fairly representative as a city, I suppose, but Inchŏn (or any other city, for that matter) is not necessarily representative of all such women in Korea, since the situation of rural women may be quite different from those in urban areas.

        Comment by kushibo — May 31, 2009 @ 5:31 am

  2. […] Only 23% of immigrant women married their Korean husbands for love […]

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