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Gov’t to Better Protect Human Rights of Foreign Entertainment Workers

Gov’t to Better Protect Human Rights of Foreign Entertainment Workers

SEOUL, Dec. 10 (Korea Bizwire) — The Ministry of Justice on Tuesday announced new policy measures aimed at improving the human rights of foreigners working in the local hotel and entertainment sectors with the E-6 visa. The new measures to strengthen screening and monitoring for applicants and holders of the E-6 visa, dubbed the “culture [...]

Illegally Abandoned Vehicles of Foreign Workers a Headache for Local Gov’ts

Illegally Abandoned Vehicles of Foreign Workers a Headache for Local Gov’ts

ANSAN, Oct. 10 (Korea Bizwire) — Local governments have been suffering from long-term, unauthorized vehicles that foreign workers have used and then abandoned when they were deported. In Danwon District, Ansan, Gyeonggi Province, 299 cars were found in the first half of this year alone. All the vehicles were either voluntarily disposed of or scrapped. [...]

Gov’t to Offer Incentives to Foreign Workers to Tackle Dwindling Working Population

Gov’t to Offer Incentives to Foreign Workers to Tackle Dwindling Working Population

SEOUL, Sept. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — The government announced plans to welcome more foreign workers to address the dwindling working population in South Korea due to the low birthrate and aging society. The Ministry of Economy and Finance announced on Wednesday that it will introduce a new visa for highly educated, high income-earning foreigners which [...]

Average Foreign Worker Earns More than Local University Graduates

Average Foreign Worker Earns More than Local University Graduates

SEOUL, Sept. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — The average wage of foreign workers employed at industrial sites in Busan exceeded the average first-time employment wage of college graduates in South Korea. The monthly wage per foreign worker came to 2.46 million won (US$2,060), according to a survey of 150 local manufacturers that employed foreign workers by [...]

More than Half of Foreign Workers Unaware of Severance Pay

More than Half of Foreign Workers Unaware of Severance Pay

SEOUL, Aug. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — More than half of foreign workers in South Korea are not aware of the fact that they are entitled to receive departure insurance payments and other various forms of severance payments, according to a study by human rights organizations. Departure insurance is mandatory for employers in South Korea who [...]

S. Korea to Welcome 2,597 Foreign Seasonal Workers to Help with Farming

S. Korea to Welcome 2,597 Foreign Seasonal Workers to Help with Farming

SEOUL, Mar. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — The South Korean Ministry of Justice said on Sunday that it will be providing 2,597 foreign seasonal workers to 41 local authorities across the nation. Foreign seasonal workers, holders of C-4 short-term working visas, will be coming to South Korea to work at designated farms for a maximum duration [...]

Chuncheon to Hire 100 Foreign Workers to Address Farm Labor Shortage

Chuncheon to Hire 100 Foreign Workers to Address Farm Labor Shortage

CHUNCHEON, Dec. 26 (Korea Bizwire) — The city of Chuncheon, Gangwon Province has decided to hire more foreign workers to assist farmers during the farming season after receiving satisfactory feedback from farmers who participated in a similar project this year. The program hires temporary foreign workers who, after entering South Korea, are sent to local [...]

SMEs Say Paying Half of National Pension Dues for Foreign Workers is Unreasonable

SMEs Say Paying Half of National Pension Dues for Foreign Workers is Unreasonable

SEOUL, Nov. 29 (Korea Bizwire) — Small to mid-sized firms are asking the government to modify pension requirements, arguing that paying half of the national pension dues for foreign workers with E-9 visas is unreasonable. The Korea Federation of SMEs (KBIZ) sent a letter to the Ministry of Health and Welfare on Wednesday asking the [...]