60% of Married Migrants couldn’t acquire Korean nationality
On YTN News (channel 24) just a few minutes ago, it was reported that about 60% of married women migrants couldn’t acquire Korean nationality. The primary reason is the requirement that a Korean husband must be financially independent. A married Thai migrant said that she was denied of citizenship because they don’t have 30 million won.
The news report also said that starting this year, married migrants who are applying for Korean nationality must attend 400 hours of Korean classes. The law on acquiring citizenship changes almost every year but the basic requirements have been consistent. In the early 90s, being legally married is enough to be citizen. A few years ago, those who have kids need only wait 3 months to get approval. Still a few years ago, married migrants were required to take a nationality test. I wonder what would they think of for next year…
Is it necessary for a married migrant to change nationalities? Korea doesn’t allow dual citizenship and acquiring Korean nationality means renouncing your own citizenship (which doesn’t really equate to forgetting about your roots and abandoning adobo – or sisig!). Renouncing your own citizenship shouldn’t be based on what advantages you could get as a national of this country, as it entails responsibility.