I wrote an article about the place of foreigners in the current debate over punishment of sex crimes against children prompted by the 'Na-yeong Incident' which was published in the Korea Herald today.
In researching this, the most interesting thing for me was digging up statistics breaking down foreign residents by age. It was always clear there weren't many foreign children or elderly here, but it's nice to have it quantified (they only make up 8.2 percent of the foreign population, compared to a similar demographic making up 27.6 percent of the Korean population). Not taking that difference into account makes Korean crime rate seem more favourable than it is. Needless to say, E-2 visa holders have no children and likely no elderly among their numbers, so this approach to the Korean crime rate should also be applied when making comparisons with E-2 visa holders.
Thanks to Matt Lamers for publishing the article despite its last-minute nature, and to Benjamin Wagner for suggesting the overseas crime connection.
Matt asked for my sources, and since they're all compiled, I'll post them here for the curious:
Korea Herald article on Rep. Woo Yoon-Keun's statements.
KIS document 2장_Ⅱ_체류외국인현황:
SPO stats from the Wagner report page 20
CIA Korean population stats
KIS Document 2장_Ⅲ_2.국적및연령별 등록외국인현황
Korea Times article on banning foreign pedophiles
Marmot's Hole post on 2006 National Assembly Committee on Gender Equality study
Joongang Ilbo article on National Youth Commission findings about Kiribati
Chosun Ilbo article mentioning 2003 National Human Rights Commission survey
Korea Times article by Justice Minister Lee Kwi-nam
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