May 26, 2009 09:38
Some 65 percent of foreign women in Incheon married their Korean husbands after only one or two meetings.
A recent survey of 4,060 women who immigrated for marriage purposes by the Incheon city government showed that 65.2 percent said they had met their future husbands one or two times before the wedding. About 14.5 percent met their future husbands three or four times, and 16.7 percent more than 10 times.
Thirty-eight percent are in their 30s, followed by 26 percent in their 20s and 24 percent in their 40s. Some 59 percent are full-time housewives, though 60 percent of them want a job.
While only 15 percent of respondents said their level of satisfaction with life in Korea was "very high," 43 percent said it was "high" and 33 percent said average. Some 40 percent of said their average monthly household income was between W1 million and W1.99 million, but 36 percent said their family earned less than W1 million (US$1=W1,251) a month.
Asked why they married Korean men, 23.6 percent said they wanted a new life away from their homeland. A similar number of respondents, or 23.3 percent, said they married their husbands because they loved them. Some 18.7 percent said they wanted to live in Korea due to its economic strength, while 17 percent said they wanted to support their families at home.
There are 7,074 foreign women married to Koreans in Incheon, 39.7 percent of whom are Korean Chinese, 34 percent Chinese, 9.8 percent Vietnamese, 4.5 percent Philippine, 2.1 percent Japanese, and 2 percent Thai.
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