SEOUL, Dec. 10 (Korea Bizwire) — The justice ministry on Tuesday decided to work out a system to permit illegal stayers to reenter the country if they voluntarily depart the country by June next year.
In addition, ways to give such stayers better stay status in the future will be mapped out.
The efforts are part of measures to manage illegal foreigners that the ministry announced earlier in the day in order to counter a rapid increase in illegal foreigners and establish order for sojourning.
According to the measures, illegal aliens who are caught in crackdowns will be fined starting in March, with the punishment against their employers to be toughened as well in order to head off the new influx of illegal stayers.
To encourage voluntary departures, fines will be imposed on a scale starting in July on illegal foreigners, even if they voluntarily report to the authorities.
From the perspective of protecting human rights, however, deportations will be deferred for a certain period for illegal stayers who voluntarily report themselves to authorities and have compelling reasons, such as pregnancy, recent births or diseases.