A third of migrant wives in Korea plan to return home

Published:  8 Mar at 3 PM
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Thirty-five per cent of migrant wives from Southeast Asia and China living in South Korea have admitted that they eventually plan to return to their home countries.

The Korean Women’s Development Institute surveyed a total of 534 migrant wives from China, Vietnam and the Philippines last year and found that 34.5 per cent said they had thought about returning home. Some 45 per cent of wives from the Philippines said that they had considered moving home – the highest proportion among the women.

Around 33 per cent who have thought about returning to their home countries said it was because they preferred the idea of growing old in their homelands, while 31 per cent revealed they wanted their children to go to school outside Korea.

The research also found that 63.6 per cent of those quizzed had sent money to their families on at least one occasion over the last year, with women from the Philippines again making up the highest proportion. Some 86.7 per cent of Filipina wives had wired funds back home, while 67.8 per cent and 45.2 per cent from Vietnam and China respectively had sent money back home.

Researchers wrote that many migrant wives were investing in properties in their homeland, with those from the Philippines investing the most into property back home in what could develop into a reverse immigration trend.
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