20 Year’s Evolution of North Korean Migration

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Event Details

5 October 2017 at 6:00 pm – 5 October 2017 at 7:30 pm
E561 (fifth floor, East Wing, room 561), Menzies Building, 20 Chancellors Walk
Monash University, Clayton Campus, Victoria 3800
Open to:
All alumni, friends and guests of the University
Free to attend
Alumni; Faculty of Arts; Seminars & Workshops


Over the past two decades, there have been notable changes in North Korean migration: from forced migration to trafficking in women, from heroic underground railways to people smuggling by Christian missionaries. The migration has taken mixed forms of asylum seeking, human trafficking, undocumented labour migration and people smuggling. The author follows the footsteps of North Korean migrants from China through Southeast Asia to South Korea, and from there to the United Kingdom, to see the dynamic correlation between human (in)security and irregular migration. She analyses how individual migrant’s agency interacts with other key actors in the migration system and eventually brings about emerging patterns of four distinctive forms of irregular migration in a macro level. It uses human security as its conceptual framework that is a people-centred, rather than state- or national security-centric approach to irregular migration. 


Dr Jiyoung (Jay) Song is a Senior Lecturer in Korean Studies at the Asia Institute of the University of Melbourne. She is also a Global Ethics Fellow of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs in New York. Prior to the current positions, Jay was a Director of Migration at the Sydney-based Lowy Institute and Assistant Professor in Political Science at the Singapore Management University.

Andy Jackson
Monash University