“They say it’s unpleasant to go on a blind date even if your annual salary exceeds 53 million won..” 85% of men are ‘affirmative’ about international marriage

“They say it’s unpleasant to go on a blind date even if your annual salary exceeds 53 million won..” 85% of men are ‘affirmative’ about international marriage

Women from multicultural families who married into Korea are bowing after completing ‘Learning how to prepare a ancestral rite table.’ yunhap news

While multicultural marriages have shown the largest increase since related statistics were collected, the majority of men of marriageable age expressed ‘positive approval’ toward international marriages, as evidenced by this survey.

In the past, old bachelors who could not get married married Southeast Asian women, but recently, young men in their 30s are also turning their eyes overseas.

Since it is difficult to meet Korean women, it seems that he is considering international marriage.

In particular, there is great economic pressure, such as “men must buy a house when they get married.” In addition, there was controversy recently when a woman who went on a blind date through an acquaintance was very angry about the man’s salary and asked about his income level.

Mr. A met a man in his 40s through an acquaintance, and while continuing the conversation with the man, he asked what he was most curious about: his salary. When the other person responded, “I receive about 3.7 million won in after-tax income,” Mr. A was said to be very upset. This is because men’s income did not meet expectations.

Mr. A said, “It is absurd that a man came out to meet a woman with ‘this’ (a monthly salary of 3.7 million won)” and “Are men in the lower middle class (in terms of income)? “I had no intention of continuing our meeting,” she said, unable to hide her unpleasant feelings.

If the actual income after tax is 3.7 million won, converted to annual salary is about 53 million won.

As of 2021, the average monthly income of office workers (wage earners) is 3.33 million won, and although the introduced man earned more than the average income, he became an ‘unpleasant target’ even in a blind date rather than a direct match.

As if reflecting this difficult reality, on the 13th, the marriage information company Duo conducted a survey on ‘international marriage’ among 2,539 single men and women who were willing to get married, and more than half of the men expressed ‘positive’ thoughts.

According to the survey, 60% of men answered ‘yes’ to the question, ‘Are you willing to get married internationally?’

Men’s perception of international marriage was ‘positive’ at 52.4% and ‘average’ at 33.2%, with men reacting more positively to international marriage than women.

Among the most important factors to consider when marrying internationally, ‘loving hearts’ (57.8%, multiple responses) ranked first. This was followed by ‘language and communication’ (52%), ‘cultural differences’ (43%), ‘economic problems’ (38.8%), ‘residence after marriage’ (22.8%), ‘family recognition’ (16.4%), Answers included ‘spouse’s nationality’ (13%), ‘spouse’s external conditions’ (12.8%), ‘family environment’ (12%), and ‘religion’ (8%).

Although the burden of ‘economic problems’ that men worry about is not gone, it can be seen that it has decreased somewhat.

Meanwhile, the best aspects of international marriage are ‘views are broadened due to cultural differences’ (33.8%), ‘children can learn two or more languages’ (29.4%), and ‘you can enjoy the benefits of a multicultural family’ (33.8%). 11.8%), and ‘being able to learn your spouse’s native language’ (9.8%) were cited as advantages.

However, the disadvantage of international marriage was that ‘conflicts may arise due to cultural differences’ (37.4%). There were also responses that said, ‘You or your spouse may feel lonely due to living abroad’ (23%), ‘It may be frustrating due to lack of communication’ (22.2%), and ‘Your child may be discriminated against’ (14.4%).

(This survey was conducted on a total of 500 single men and women (250 men and 250 women) between the ages of 25 and 39 with intention to get married from January 19 to January 24 through the survey company Macromill Embrain. The confidence level is 95% and the standard error is ±4.38%p)

Meanwhile, the proportion of couples choosing international marriages has increased significantly, with about 1 in 10 married couples in Korea being multicultural couples. In multicultural marriages, the ratio of Korean men and Vietnamese women was the highest.

According to the ‘2022 Multicultural Population Dynamics Statistics’ released by Statistics Korea on November 29 last year, the number of multicultural marriages last year was 17,428, an increase of 3,502 (25.1%) from the previous year.

This is the largest increase since 2008, when related statistics began to be compiled, and the proportion of multicultural marriages among all marriages rose from 7.2% to 9.1% last year.

Multicultural marriages increased every year from 2017 to 2019, but decreased by 34.6% and 13.9% in 2020 and 2021, respectively, due to the coronavirus outbreak, before turning to an upward trend for the first time in three years.

By type, marriages between Korean husbands and foreign wives accounted for 66.8%, and marriages between Korean wives and foreign husbands accounted for 20.0%. Marriage with a naturalized person followed at 13.2%.

The majority of Korean husbands in multicultural marriages were over 45 years old (31.2%), followed by early 30s (19.3%) and late 30s (17.1%).

The age gap between couples is the largest with 35.0% of couples where the husband is 10 or more years older, but unlike in the past, young men in their 30s are also entering into international marriages.

The most common nationality of foreign wives was Vietnamese at 23.0%. This was followed by China (17.8%) and Thailand (11.1%).

Meanwhile, Vietnam ranked first as the partner nationality for Korean women who married internationally this year. However, behind the statistics, there is suspicion that a Vietnamese woman who acquired Korean citizenship by marrying a Korean man remarried a Vietnamese man after divorce, raising concerns.

According to data from the National Statistical Office, last February, 768 Vietnamese men came to Korea through the marriage immigration system. This is the highest number compared to the United States (359 people), China (351 people), and Japan (127 people) during the same period.

The increase in marriage migration among Vietnamese men is not a temporary phenomenon. In statistics from the previous month, the previous month, and the previous year, Vietnam ranked first in the nationality ranking for marriage immigrants.

This does not mean that marriage between a Vietnamese man and a Korean woman is unnatural or wrong, but there is an expedient route in which a Vietnamese woman who acquires Korean nationality through marriage divorces, becomes single, and then remarries a Vietnamese man.

Accordingly, some are calling for an accurate assessment of the reality of ‘Vietnamese male marriage migration’.

Reporter Lee Dong-jun [email protected]

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