While the U.S. refugee resettlement experience reflects the interplay between international, national, and local actors, in practice it is influenced by the efforts of distinctly local resources and institutions. In their presentation at the Association of American Geographers annual meeting, Jill H. Wilson and Audrey Singer examine the patterns and implications of refugee resettlement in U.S. metropolitan areas.
Between expats, migrant workers, military personnel, and foreign brides, 1.5 million people—or 3 percent of Korea’s population—are foreign-born. That’s expected to grow to 10 percent by 2030, which is on par with European societies today. This is a huge social change for a society that has been homogeneous in so many ways for hundreds and hundreds of years. [Koreans are taught that they come from a] thousand years of ‘pure’ ancestral bloodlines, common language, customs, and history.