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S. Korea Seeks to Extend Foreign Workers’ Stay Permits to Cope with Seasonal Labor Shortage

S. Korea Seeks to Extend Foreign Workers’ Stay Permits to Cope with Seasonal Labor Shortage

SEOUL, July 29 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea will push to extend stay permits for foreign migrant workers who cannot return home due to the coronavirus pandemic, in a bid to relieve seasonal labor shortages in farming and other areas, a government agency said Wednesday. The Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters said that it [...]

S. Korea Facing Critical Shortage of Farm Laborers as Coronavirus Disrupts International Travel

S. Korea Facing Critical Shortage of Farm Laborers as Coronavirus Disrupts International Travel

HAENAM, March 31 (Korea Bizwire) — The coronavirus outbreak is dealing a significant blow to farming and fishing villages across South Korea. While foreign workers are responsible for 80 to 90 percent of the labor force in these villages, there is a marked shortage workers this year as the COVID-19 pandemic ravages the globe, prompting [...]

New Visa to Allow Seasonal Migrant Workers to Stay Here for Five Months

New Visa to Allow Seasonal Migrant Workers to Stay Here for Five Months

SEOUL, Dec. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea will extend the maximum period of stay for seasonal migrant workers on Tuesday from the current three months to five months to tackle chronic labor shortages in its agricultural and fisheries sectors, the Ministry of Justice said Wednesday. Under the current law, foreign seasonal workers invited by [...]

Foreign Seasonal Workers Offset Labor Shortage in Agricultural and Fisheries Industry

Foreign Seasonal Workers Offset Labor Shortage in Agricultural and Fisheries Industry

CHUNCHEON, Dec. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — Foreign workers have soared in number in Gangwon Province following the introduction of the seasonal foreign worker program three years ago. The Bank of Korea (BOK) Gangwon Branch reported that there are currently 13,755 foreign workers in Gangwon Province. Since 2015, the number rose by 19.6 percent with an [...]

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 [...]