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Post-migration identity reconstruction: Patterns and policy implications from the experience of Korean Australians

  • Korea Social Policy Review
  • Abbr : KSPR
  • 2019, 26(3), pp.29-54
  • DOI : 10.17000/kspr.26.3.201909.29
  • Publisher : Korean Association of Social Policy
  • Research Area : Social Science > Sociology > Medical / Welfare / Social policy
  • Received : April 9, 2019
  • Accepted : September 11, 2019
  • Published : September 30, 2019

YONG-MOON JUNG 1

1경남대학교(Kyungnam University)

Accredited

ABSTRACT

In response to and as part of a proactive discursive strategy for addressing increased public concern about social cohesion and national security, current policy narratives of Australia require immigrants to accelerate the process of change or loss of original ethnic identity. This study was conceived and designed to seek answers about the actual identity strategy of migrants and the determinants of integrative identity development. This study used Korean Australians’ experience to provide insights about the dynamic process of identity change of migrants. This research identified that active adoption of a new identity was not a dominant identify strategy, and the extent of inclusive experience with the host society was a significant predictor of identity integration. The findings suggested that the current top-down approach through discursive coercion should be replaced with the promotion of transnational identity. The provision of inclusive policy supports based on the concept of community cohesion for progressive transition of identity was proposed as an effective identity reconstruction strategy.

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