Heuisu Kim

The Shifting Politics of Migration: Comparative Analysis of Japan, Korea, and Taiwan
Political Science, Economics
Spring 2017

Despite ongoing demographic and economic strains, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan have shared long histories of minimal immigration. Recently, their admissions and integration policies have demonstrated nuanced and stark divergences in certain aspects. My research project in congruence with my honors thesis in the Department of Political Science explores these recent trends by focusing on the impact of civic organizations and political composition of government on each state's immigration policy strategy. This project aims to look beyond traditional Western migration studies and shift focus to non-traditional immigrant states now experiencing increasing volumes and complex patterns of immigration. Moreover, despite the relatively small proportion of migrant populations in these three countries, control and integration of this population remains a major political, economic, and social issue. Such a comparative examination of three states with similar starting points gives leverage in comprehending the ambivalence and inconsistent transformation of migration policies in each country.