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Higher Number of Foreign Workers Does Not Result in Fewer Jobs for Domestic Employees: Report

Higher Number of Foreign Workers Does Not Result in Fewer Jobs for Domestic Employees: Report

SEOUL, Jan. 7 (Korea Bizwire) — The increase in the number of foreign workers does not result in domestic employees losing jobs — instead, it promotes the relocation of domestic workers towards duties where communication skills are important, South Korea’s central bank said. The influx of foreign workers can impact not only the employment and wages [...]

Free Online Korean Course to be Offered to Migrant Worker Candidates

Free Online Korean Course to be Offered to Migrant Worker Candidates

SEOUL, Dec. 6 (Korea Bizwire) — Foreigners seeking employment in South Korea under the Employment Permit System (EPS) will be offered access to a free online Korean language course starting next year, a state-run resource development company said Monday. The Human Resources Development Service of Korea said it has forged a partnership with King Sejong [...]

Hwaseong to Offer One-stop Vaccination Service for Undocumented Foreign Workers

Hwaseong to Offer One-stop Vaccination Service for Undocumented Foreign Workers

HWASEONG, Sept. 6 (Korea Bizwire) — The city of Hwaseong, south of Seoul, announced that it will start offering a one-stop service for unregistered foreign workers to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. Any unregistered foreign worker can visit a nearby COVID-19 testing center to receive a vaccination without having to make a prior reservation. Foreigners over 30 [...]

Rights Watchdog Urges End to ‘Discriminatory’ Coronavirus Testing Requirement for Foreign Workers

Rights Watchdog Urges End to ‘Discriminatory’ Coronavirus Testing Requirement for Foreign Workers

SEOUL, March 23 (Korea Bizwire) – The state human rights watchdog on Tuesday urged local governments to withdraw their orders for migrant workers to undergo mandatory coronavirus testing, calling it “discriminatory against foreigners.” Some local governments, including Seoul and the surrounding Gyeonggi Province, issued such administrative orders earlier this month amid spikes in infections in [...]

Gov’t Moves to Allow Foreign Workers to Land Parcel Sorting Jobs

Gov’t Moves to Allow Foreign Workers to Land Parcel Sorting Jobs

SEOUL, March 16 (Korea Bizwire) — The government is pushing to revise local immigration laws to allow migrant workers from overseas to land parcel sorting jobs amid growing concerns over the industry’s manpower shortage and notoriously long work hours, officials said Tuesday. The Ministry of Justice recently preannounced a revision of an enforcement decree on [...]

Gov’t Gives Foreign Farming, Fishing Workers Immediate Access to Health Insurance

Gov’t Gives Foreign Farming, Fishing Workers Immediate Access to Health Insurance

SEOUL, March 2 (Korea Bizwire) — Foreign nationals employed by farms and fisheries will be eligible for health insurance upon arrival in the country, the labor ministry said Tuesday. The Ministry of Employment and Labor announced a set of measures aimed at improving working conditions of foreigners, jointly with the ministries of health, agriculture, and [...]

Foreign Workers Exposed to Risk of COVID-19 Infections

Foreign Workers Exposed to Risk of COVID-19 Infections

SEOUL, Feb. 22 (Korea Bizwire) — Concerns are rising over instances in which foreign workers have been blamed for the outbreak of the coronavirus in a number of factories. The Central Disease Control Headquarters reported that recent COVID-19 outbreaks in plants were primarily caused by staff-to-staff infections, explaining that closed and concentrated working environment and [...]

S. Korea Bans Greenhouses as ‘Dormitories’ for Foreign Workers

S. Korea Bans Greenhouses as ‘Dormitories’ for Foreign Workers

SEOUL, Feb. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — The government has banned employers from offering greenhouses as dormitories for foreign workers entering the country on temporary work permits. Officials from the Ministry of Employment and Labor announced that they will root out the practice of offering greenhouses as dormitories for foreign workers this year, reflecting complaints made [...]