SEOUL, Nov.20 (Korea Bizwire) – One out of five children raised in a multicultural family turned out to be unemployed or having difficulties adjusting to Korean society. In most cases, they lacked proper education.
Most of the teenagers who followed their parents to Korea missed their chance to get job education while they were waiting to get Korean nationality.
Kim Yi-sun, the head of the Family Multi Culture Research Center and her team analyzed material on the current conditions facing multicultural families. The results showed that 20.1 percent of children between the ages of 15 to 24 who come from multicultural families were NEETs (Not in Employment, Education, Training). In the meantime, the portion of NEETs among Koreans of the same age is estimated to be 10 to 15 percent.
Kim said that there is a need to expand the quantity of programs that support their employment. She also pointed out that measures should be taken to solve the problem of their exclusion from job education because they don’t have Korean citizenship. While they wait years to get citizenship, they miss their chance to get job support.
The language barrier is also a problem. The results of a survey conducted by the Rainbow Youth center on 202 foreign teenagers who came to Korea this summer showed that 27.2 percent of the teenagers were having trouble with communicating in Korean.
Some plead that classes about technology were excessively difficult since they were having trouble with the Korean language. Many of them hoped for a course that would be easier for those who just came to Korea as a teenager.
By Lina Jang (email@example.com)