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A report from Statistics Korea revealed that approximately 1.3 million foreigners held immigration residencies in 2020 Korea. This number accounts for more than 2% of the entire South Korean population, the value signifying the importance of erecting proper measures to combat the agitations that may result from the interaction of various races. Some issues that these measures could potentially aim to resolve in contemporary times are racism and the subsequent inequalities that befall the lives of immigrants. The identical report from Statistics Korea identified around 20% of the immigrant population to have experienced racism in Korea. Although the recent COVID-19 Pandemic has certainly depressed both the influx and outflux of vast populations, it is critical for both Korea and international society to devise an adequate vehicle to ensure physical, psychological, and emotional security for all peoples.
But with this premise firmly established, contemporaries may also question the rationale — the costs and benefits of accepting foreign immigrants into native communities. For one thing, being capable of employing multiple perspectives in making decisions is inarguably a beneficial attribute of any society. The mere fact that a community possesses the means to assess any given situation from myriad positions enables the community to make comprehensive decisions that will eventually drive it and its constituents to better conditions. However, what is essential in even such situations is the degree. Understanding that complex perspectives matter, the question that continues to remain unresolved is how much — how many.
It is the inevitable position of the government to prioritize its own citizens over any other group of people. Although such façades as ‘international society,’ ‘globalization,’ or even ‘humanitarian aids’ (in some extreme cases) may set reputable veneers for establishing well-rounded communities, the ultimate function of the government is to provide for its own citizens and not anything else. Hence, if the influx of foreign immigrants holds the possibility of imposing social, cultural, or economic damage on the native communities and is actually leading to said consequences, it is the responsibility of the government to immediately implement the measure to counter the trend. In such circumstances, the government and the native people are not acting on behalf of racism; it is simply the conventional approaches are not proving to be effective.
정책브리핑 . “2020년 이민자 체류실태 및 고용조사 결과.” 대한민국 정책브리핑, 대한민국 정책브리핑, www.korea.kr/news/policyBriefingView.do?newsId=156428228#:~:text=2020%EB%85%84%205%EC%9B%94%2015,%EA%B3%BC%20%EC%A4%91%EA%B5%AD%EC%97%90%EC%84%9C%EB%8A%94%20%EA%B0%90%EC%86%8C%ED%96%88%EC%8A%B5%EB%8B%88%EB%8B%A4.