November 18, 2010
A new regulation will take effect Friday requiring that brokers for interracial marriages must collect the career and health records of the couple and have the records confirmed by both sides before the marriage.
The regulation is in response to the practice of foreign women with fake identities marrying Korean men in an attempt to get legal citizenship for a job in Korea. Targeting these women, brokers have connected them with Korean men who are underprivileged or divorced, but they have disguised their status from the women.
A client who wants an international marriage will now have to submit a marriage record, health report, proof of employment and criminal record.
International marriages between South Koreans and foreigners accounted for 10.8 percent of all newlyweds in the country in 2009, up more than three-fold from nine years earlier.
The Korean Social Trends report by Statistics Korea showed there were 33,300 international marriages last year (2009), a sharp increase from 11,605 in 2000.
“…more men in rural communities seeking foreign wives since local women prefer to live in cities after marriage,” the state agency said.
Marriages involving a Korean groom and foreign bride accounted for 75.5 percent of international marriages, the report said.
(The KWB notes: Apparently the makers of a certain docu-style art films depicting Korean Adoption, they seem to suggest that mainly “American Imperial occupation” forces make up the majority of Foreign spouses EVEN in the present times. It is implied by the director/producer that US Troops married prostitutes are the majority of present day MultiCultural Marriages. That is Wack based on this article and hundreds of Korean Wives of Foreigners who ARE NOT former “Foreigner’s whores” or “Jap Jangi” 잡장이).
According to the report, the average age difference between a Korean man and foreign bride is now 11.1 years, up from 6.9 years nine years ago.
The age gap is higher than the 2.2 years tallied for the average Korean groom marrying a Korean bride in 2009. The difference in age between a Korean bride and a foreign groom was 3.7 years. (The KWB notes: Some cases have 15-20 year differences of Korean men and their ‘child brides’. Can you say Do Doong Nom ‘Cradle Robber’?)
On child-rearing issues, 47.6 percent of South Korean women surveyed said despite the overall increase in day-care centers, taking care of their children was a burden in keeping their jobs. This is a gain from 29.3 percent who said child care hindered employment in 1998. (This is reflecting the fact that Unwed Mothers who ARE keeping their children has increased over the last decade as well.)
There were 510,000 menial foreign laborers in the country last year, up from 110,250 in 2001.
YES, Change is coming to South Korea! They have to DEAL with all the MultiCultural marriages/children and it has started in the Rural countryside communities. This is all good…Maybe someday in the near future Korean Society will accept Unwed Motherhood and Adoptees without prejudice and embarrassment. Oh, to see that day but it has not come YET.