Neither “Fish nor Fowl”: An Examination of South Korea’s Diaspora Engagement Policies

  • Timothy C. Lim
  • Dong-Hoon Seol
  • Atsuko Sato


Human migration has never been a one-way movement, but over the past several decades, there has been an increasing trend of peoples moving back to their “ancestral homelands.” South Korea is no exception. Beginning in the late-1980s, tens of thousands of ethnic Koreans have returned to South Korea, both on a temporary and permanent basis. There are both underlying and explicit processes and factors that make diasporic return possible, of which state policy—and more specifically diaspora engagement policy—is one of the most salient. This paper purports to identify and explain the forces that have shaped that policy. On the surface, this may not seem to be a particularly difficult task. Yet, under the surface, the issue is more complicated.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Timothy C. Lim
    • 1
  • Dong-Hoon Seol
    • 2
  • Atsuko Sato
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceCalifornia State University, Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Department of SociologyChonbuk National UniversityJeonjuKorea
  3. 3.Department of Political ScienceCalifornia State UniversityLos AngelesUSA

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