Past Events

STIM Seminars and Workshops

The Struggle of Trade Union and the Migrant Rights Organisations for the Rights of Migrant Workers in Korea: A Poster Session at the 5th World Social Forum on Migration

27 November 2012
11 am, Miriam College, Quezon, Philippines

  • An Overview of Migration Trends in South Korea
    Chulhyo Kim (The University of Sydney)
  • The Experiences, Challenges and Prospects of Migrant Trade Union in Korea Udaya Rai (Acting Chairperson, Migrants’ Trade Union)
  • The Struggles of Migrant Movement in Korea against Employment Permit System and challenges
    Chung, Young Sup (Convener, Alliance for Migrants’ Equality and Human Rights / Labour Committee Chair, Peoples’ Solidarity for Social Progress)
  • The Conditions of Undocumented Migrants under Temporary Labour Migration Policies
    Jason Lee (Director, Seoul Migrant Workers Center / Joint Committee with Migrants in Korea)
  • Challenges to Migrant Workers Organizing as Identified by Unions
    Sohoon Lee (The University of Sydney)

* Co-organised with Migrant Trade Union (Korea), Alliance for Equality and Human Rights of Migrant Workers (Korea), Joint Committee with Migrant Workers in Korea.


IOM MRTC-MOPAS Roundtable Discussion: Integration Policy of Migrants in Local Community: Trends and Issues

19 September 2012
10 am, IOM Migration Research and Training Centre, Goyang, Korea

  • Social Transformation and International Migration: Asia’s Migration Policy Dilemma
    Prof. Stephen Castles (The University of Sydney)
  • Migrant Settlement in Local Community and Social Integration Policy in Korea
    Dr. Oh, JungEun (IOM Migration Research and Training Centre)
  • Foreign Resident Support Policy and Plans for Strengthening Social Integration of Ministry of Public Administration and Security
    Seo, Ki-Won (Director of Multicultural Society Support, Ministry of Public Administration and Security)

* Co-organized by IOM Migration Research and Training Centre and Ministry of Public Administration and Security.


Immigration Policy Forum: Social Transformation and International Migration: Asia’s Migration Policy Dilemma

18 September 2012
11 am, Ministry of Justice, Gwacheon, Korea

  • Prof. Stephen Castles (The University of Sydney)

* Organized by Korea Immigration Service, Ministry of Justice of Korea.


Workshop on Neo-liberal Globalization, Social Transformation and International Migration in Korea

17 September 2012
1 pm, Woodang Hall, Seoul, South Korea

  • Methodological challenges of multi-scalar social transformation research
    Prof. Stephen Castles (The University of Sydney)
  • Theorising Neo-liberal Globalization, Social Transformation and International Migration in South Korea
    Prof. Seol, Dong-Hoon (Chonbuk National University)
  • The Feminisation of migration to South Korea from a Gendered Perspective
    Prof. Lee, Hye Kyung (Pai Chai University)
  • Globalization, Social Transformation and International Migration in South Korea: A Case of Ansan
    Prof. Han, Geon-Soo (Kangwon National University)
  • Democritisation, Civil Society and International Migration in South Korea
    Chulhyo Kim (The University of Sydney)

* Co-organised with Korea International Migration Association.


NGO Workshop on Neo-liberal Globalisation and Migration in Korea

14 September 2012
1 pm, Korean Confederation of Trade Unions, Seoul, South Korea

  • Neo-liberal globalization, social transformation and international migration: an Asian-Pacific perspective
    Prof. Stephen Castles (The University of Sydney)
  • Roundtable discussion on Neo-liberal Globalisation, Social Transformation and International Migration in South Korea: The responses of civil society for the last 20 years and the vision for the future
      - Discussion 1 Marriage migration / Feminsation of migration
      - Discussion 2 Labour migration / Diaspora
      - Discussion 3 Refugees and other migration

The Global Scholar Workshop of Hanyang Institute of Globalization and Multicultural Studies Global Scholar Workshop

13 September 2012
4 pm, Hanyang University, Ansan, Korea

  • Neo-liberal Globalization, Social Transformation and International Migration: an Asian-Pacific Perspective
    Prof. Stephen Castles (The University of Sydney)

* Organized by Institute of Globalization and Multicutural Studies, Hanyang University.


The 12nd SNU Asia Forum

11 September 2012
4 pm, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea

* Organized by Seoul National University Asia Center.


Migration, Precarious Work and Rights: Historical and Current Perspectives

6 June 2012
2.30 pm, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey

  • Prof. Stephen Castles (The University of Sydney)

Photos and film exhibition of STIM Field visits to Turkey and Korea

7 December 2011
2 pm, Room 148, RC Mills Building

STIM team presented the photos and videos taken during its preliminary visits to Turkey and Korea, and also discussed the social transformation and international migration in the two countries.


STIM Seminar on ‘Marriage Migration in Asia’

24 November 2011
Sociology and Social Policy Program, University of Sydney

  • Prof. Hye-Kyung Lee, Department of Media Information and Sociology, Pai Chai University

Though marriage migration can be found the world over, marriage migration is now more prevalent in Asia than in the west. Marriage migration is not new, but in Asia a very specific pattern has emerged, which has attracted increasing academic and policy attention. The major sending countries are China, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Thailand. Other sending countries of growing importance include Cambodia and Mongolia. The major receiving countries are Japan, Taiwan, Chinese Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore and Malaysia, but this list is expected to expand in the near future to include China and India. There are various forms of international marriages in Asia, with some organized by matchmaking agencies, while others result from overseas education, employment and tourism. This presentation will focus on marriage migration as a form of intra-regional migration into the three East Asian countries of Japan, Taiwan and South Korea. In these three nations the impact of marriage migration has been significant, resulting in a transformation of the ethnic composition of previously nominally homogeneous societies. In addition, it has raised a hegemonic discourse on the meaning of a ‘multicultural society’ in all three receiving countries where only 2-4 per cent of the populations are foreign residents. This presentation reviews the trends, causes, social and policy reactions, and issues involved. Special attention will be paid to how immigration policy changes in the region affect (and then interact with) marriage migration, and how marriage migration contributes to social transformation in the region.

Hye-Kyung Lee is Professor at the Department of Sociology & Media Information, Pai Chai University, South Korea. Since she got her Ph.D. degree in Sociology at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1988, she has published many papers on migration and transnational communities, gender and work. She was a coordinator of the Korea Migration Research Network (KMRN) from 2000 to 2003. There she co-authored, two books ‘Migrant Workers in Korea’ (1998), ‘Works and Lives of Migrant Workers’ (2003). Recently, she published articles on ‘foreign domestic workers’, ‘marriage migration’ and ‘Korean overseas students’. She served as a Women’s Policy Advisor to the Major of Daejeon City from 2005 to 2006, as the dean of Academic Affairs in Pai Chai University from 2007 to February 2009, and has served an advisory committee member for the Korean National Statistical Office, the Ministry of Gender Equality, the Ministry of Labor and the Immigration Bureau of the Ministry of Justice. She was President of the Korea International Migration Association (KIMA) from January 2009 to December 2010.