Unlike previous generations of immigrants in the U.S., many of today’s foreign-born migrants are bypassing the city and settling in the suburbs. In this presentation at the Association of American Geographers annual meeting, Audrey Singer presented an overview of the forthcoming book, Twenty-First Century Gateways: Immigrant Incorporation in Suburban America.
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.