Gyuchan Kim and Professor Majella Kilkey’s most recent publication: ‘Marriage Migration Policy in South Korea: Social Investment beyond the Nation State’.

Guychan Kim, Doctoral Researcher in the department of Sociological Studies and Professor Majella Kilkey, co-director of the Migration Research Group, have recently published the article titled: ‘Marriage Migration Policy in South Korea: Social Investment beyond the Nation State’ in International Migration. The article seeks to contribute to understandings of South Korea’s approach to marriage migration. Situating the analysis of marriage migration policy specifically within the recent emergence of a social investment approach to welfare, the article brings together two bodies of literature that due to the methodological nationalism of much welfare state scholarship are usually treated separately. Through an examination of the policy framework governing marriage migration – so-called ‘multicultural family policies’ – the article finds that successive Korean governments have actively sought female marriage migrants to perform various social reproductive roles as a means to secure the reproductive capacity of the nation, just as feminist scholars have argued the care work of citizen-mothers can be understood. The analysis also suggests that marriage migration policy in Korea constitutes a distinctly transnational dimension to its overall social investment approach, which is strongly motivated by concerns to reproduce the next generation of human capital.The article is available for early view here.