[On the Scene] How to Make the Immigrants’ Citizenship More Democratic / Yang Hye-woo


The Quarterly Changbi 172, Summer 2016



Yang Hye-woo, the human rights activist, addresses the issues concerning immigrants, which is the second agenda of the feature, Diagnosing Korean Society From the Viewpoint of Minorities. It is pointed out that newly-legislated laws regarding immigrants, which has been won with so much difficulty, paradoxically work as the mechanism for division and exclusion, and the concept of civil rights confined within the nation-state should be abolished. Furthermore, the author suggests establishing ‘urban citizenships’ accessible to everyone in the community, regardless of their nationality, instead of the current concept of ‘the citizenship’ defined by the nation-state.