Experiences of Discrimination and Its Effect on Life Satisfaction: Understanding Differences within Subgroups of Foreign Spouses from Multicultural Families in Korea

  •  Hyemee Kim    
  •  Seojin Won    


This study aims to examine the effect of perceived discrimination on life satisfaction of the foreign wives from multicultural families in Korea. In particular, this study aims to understand whether these experiences and the impact of such experiences on their life satisfaction differ by spouses' ethnic background. Using the data from 'National Survey of Multicultural Families 2009', analyses were conducted on 16,064 foreign wives living in Korea. The findings show that perceived discrimination is significantly associated with low life satisfaction that those reporting of having experienced more discriminatory events were less satisfied with their life in general. The findings also show that ethnic group differences indeed exist in migrants' exposure to discriminatory events and in the level of life satisfaction. These findings imply that social work practitioners and scholars need to recognize such differences in understanding the marriage migrants and that one-size fits all approach does not work when working with the population.


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