Social Indicators Research

, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp 29-74

First online:

Social factors of migration from rural to urban areas with special reference to developing countries: The case of Korea

  • Hyung-Kook KimAffiliated withSeoul National University

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The current state of Korean internal migration in 1961–75 is examined from three perspectives: (1) where migrants go; (2) who moves; and (3) why they move. It is followed by a closer examination of the experiences that in-migrants to Seoul, the capital city of Korea, undergo in regard to (1) decision-making of migration; (2) job mobility; (3) settlement patterns; and (4) living conditions of squatters. Evaluation of the migration policies named in the Seoul population dispersal and relocation plans leads to a conclusion that they have little concern with the welfare of the urban poor and in-migrants to Seoul.