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Korea : an integrated system of civil registration and vital statistics (English)

Korea is a peninsular country located in Northeast Asia at the triangular point of contact between China, Japan, and Russia. The country had spread its cultural heritage over Japan from early times to the middle ages, but became its colony in the early 20th century due to its failures in industrialization. In the 1960s, when the Korean government faced similar challenges that developing countries are encountering today, including social needs for rapid industrialization, it began to institutionalize its resident registration (RR) system and population trend survey. Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) refers to universal, continuous, permanent, and mandatory recording and documentation of the occurrence and characteristics of vital events such as births, deaths, marriages, divorces and annulments, adoptions, and legitimations, according to the legal and regulatory requirements in each country. CRVS systems can benchmark the RR information systems of Korea that play a key role in linking data for successful e-government services to citizens. This report is arranged as follows: (i) Chapter I begins with introduction; (ii) Chapter II of this report introduces institutional aspects of Family Relationship Registration (FRR), RR, the population change survey (PCS), and national health insurance (NHI), all of which are fundamental components of Korea’s CRVS system; (iii) Chapter III focuses on the civil management information systems (CMIS) associated with FRR, RR, PCS and NHI; (iv) Chapter IV provides information on various legal and regulatory frameworks associated with the CRVS system; (v) Chapter V discusses basic strategies that the Korean government has adopted towards e-government projects since the 1980s; (vi) In Chapter VI, the report presents lessons learned and solutions to current challenges, and continues with a discussion of the future of Korea’s CRVS; and (vii) Chapter VII contains concluding remarks.


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    Joon Song,Dr. Hee Kang,Dr. Minah Kim,Ms. Churin Kim,Yeonsoo

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    Democratic People's Republic of, Korea Republic of

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    Korea : an integrated system of civil registration and vital statistics

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Joon Song,Dr. Hee Kang,Dr. Minah Kim,Ms. Churin Kim,Yeonsoo

Korea : an integrated system of civil registration and vital statistics (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.