Immigration policy in America has stymied over illegal immigration, but a much more significant aspect of the debate is emerging over how immigrants contribute to the U.S. economy. A new Metropolitan Policy report reveals that our immigrant worker population is becoming more educated and more skilled. Audrey Singer, co-author of the study, says our nation’s economic competitiveness depends on how well we support both low-skilled and high-skilled immigrant workers.
The battle over the border: Public opinion on immigration and cultural change at the forefront of the election
[Korea] has been a homogeneous society linguistically, culturally, for so long. It has prided itself on the purity of the bloodline, the so-called bloodline. Right now, [integration] is about fitting into the Korean context, learning Korean language and not teaching your kids Vietnamese or Tagalog or some other foreign language. True multiculturalism would involve mixing and blending and fusing of different languages, cultures, customs. We don't see much of that — except in places like Wongok Village.
Discriminatory behaviors often don't draw any legal consequences [in South Korea] and this has led to crimes going unpunished. Moreover, public awareness on discrimination in the country is mostly absent… [Seoul] has been more progressive than one might assume, [but] relative ethno-national and linguistic homogeneity has been the norm for a long time…is hard for Koreans to peel off.