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The actual state of life in Korea for married Japanese migrant women -Based on the results of a life satisfaction survey-

Oikawa Hiroe 1

1홍익대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study focused on married Japanese migrant women who have taken up residence in Korea through love marriages since 2000, with the aim of understanding aspects of their lives in Korea. An online survey conducted in January 2021 targeted Korean residents with a parent who speaks Japanese as their native language and who are raising children under age 20 years. A total of 368 research collaborators were obtained. Regarding respondents’ satisfaction with their current life in Korea, 6.8% were “very satisfied,” 57.6% were “satisfied,” 27.2% were “undecided,” and 8.2% were “dissatisfied.” After organizing the respondents’ degree of satisfaction, reasons, background, and attributes, we found that persons with the following characteristics tended towards a high satisfaction level: people who had lived in Korea for a long time, those with a high education level, those residing in an urban area near Seoul, those who had a strong interest in Korea before and after marriage, those with high Korean language proficiency, and those with multilayered relationships in Korean society. We also found that people who are positive about the environment, have a generally positive attitude, perceive their surroundings positively, perceive Korea and Japan positively, and psychologically matters tend to have a high satisfaction level, whereas those with a negative orientation towards the aforementioned tend to show low satisfaction levels.

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