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Lecture | Dong-Hoon Seol (Jeonbuk National University): Immigration Reform in South Korea at a Time of Demographic Decline: In Comparative Perspective with Germany

Nov 01, 2023 | 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Running in place with everyone

Running in place with everyone
Image Credit: Doug Sun Beams

Joint Lecture with VSJF e.V., organized by Dr. Megha Wadhwa (Japanese Studies, BMBF project), and supported by GEAS. This lecture is the first part of GEAS network lectures, which are organized by GEAS Researchers. Contact for the Stammtisch: Lucas Erlbacher. 

South Korea’s total population has been declining since its peak in November 2019. Despite the population decline, the labor shortage is not yet severe due to the changes in industrial technology, industrial structure, and economic activity participation patterns. Currently, South Korea’s labor shortage is sufficiently covered by the introduction of foreign workers through the Employment Permit Program for Foreigners based on the rotation principle. However, with population aging and one of the lowest fertility rates in the world, this approach will have its limits. Against this backdrop, there have been widespread attempts to reform immigration policy in South Korea. In this presentation, I will provide an account of the immigration reform debate in South Korea from a comparative perspective between Germany and South Korea.

Dr. Dong-Hoon Seol is a professor of sociology at Jeonbuk National University. He is president of the Korean Sociological Association and director of the Institute for Social Development at Jeonbuk National University. He received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in sociology from Seoul National University. He then worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Demographic Studies at Duke University. His research interests include the sociology of immigration, multicultural sociology, social inequality, social policy, and social survey methodology. His e-mail address is dhseol[at]jbnu.ac.kr.

Time & Location

Nov 01, 2023 | 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM

Lecture Hall (ground floor, 010/011)
Grad School Villa
Hittorfstr. 18 (old building)
14195 Berlin

Further Information

This lecture is the first part of GEAS Stammtisch. More information: events[at]geas.fu-berlin.de