I was in school last Saturday for a group project meeting. I saw a group of Filipinas with their kids. They were going to attend a service at the Unification Church, which is located near our school. As mentioned in a previous post, the Unification Church is known for a mass wedding held in the Philippines more than a decade ago.
Anyway, the news article below says that there are more Korean men now marrying foreign nationals. It also mentioned the Ministry of Gender Equality’s plan to educate Korean men on what they need to know when marrying foreign nationals.
It has been said that Korean men, especially farmers in rural areas, have difficulty finding a Korean wife. Most women wouldn’t want to live in a farm. In another KT article published in April of this year, I read that only about 12% of Korean men married to foreign women make their living farming or fishing.
The number of Korean men marrying foreign nationals has tripled over the past five years, the Ministry of Gender Equality said Monday, with eight in 100 getting hitched to foreign women last year.
The number of immigrant women increased to about 130,000 this year from 111,834 in 2007 and 86,052 in 2006.
By country, China formed the largest group of foreign wives with some 52,000, including ethnic Korean Chinese. Vietnam came next with 20,942, followed by the Philippines with 7,601, Japan with 5,949 and Taiwan with 2,043.
The ministry plans to expand programs to provide Korean males with information for interracial marriages from November. The ministry will run the programs in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice and regional government offices. Those who seek to marry foreigners can get information on related laws and other preparatory documentation.