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Threatened or Threatening?: Securitization of the Yemeni Asylum Seekers in South Korea

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Authors
Choi, Eunyoung Christina; Park, Seo Yeon
Issue Date
2020-05
Publisher
The Institute for Peace and Unification Studies, Seoul National University
Citation
Asian Journal of Peacebuilding, Vol.8 No.1, pp. 5-28
Keywords
securitizationIslamophobiaYemenisasylum seekersrefugees
Abstract
The arrival of many Yemeni people on Jeju Island in 2018 to seek asylum became a mega-political issue in South Korea. This article investigates two questions. First, how and why have Yemeni asylum seekers suddenly become the focus of securitization concerns in South Korea? And second, how have these concerns affected the governments responses? We argue that three key factors—the influence of media on the refugee crisis in Europe, the Yemenis race, gender, and religious background, and South Koreas internal political and economic situation—have intersected with each other and produced the securitization of Yemeni migration. Amidst highly contested political debates on the protection of forced migrants in South Korea, the state has strictly controlled the border but showed contradictory refugee policies.
ISSN
2288-2693 (print)
2288-2707 (online)
Language
English
URI
https://hdl.handle.net/10371/168493
DOI
https://doi.org/10.18588/202005.00a118
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