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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 [...]

Police to Investigate Abuse of Migrant Residents

Police to Investigate Abuse of Migrant Residents

CHANGWON, Aug. 2 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korean law enforcement officials have opened investigations into two separate cases regarding violence against non-Koreans, one involving an Uzbek student and another involving a migrant worker from Bangladesh. Yesterday, the Gyungnam Migrant Community Service Center filed two complaints regarding the incidents to the Gyeongnam Provincial Police Agency. The [...]

S. Koreans More Negative on Migrant Workers: Poll

S. Koreans More Negative on Migrant Workers: Poll

SEOUL, Jan. 3 (Korea Bizwire) — South Koreans have become more unfavorable to migrant workers amid the prolonged economic slump, with many reluctant to accept such workers as members of the South Korean society, a poll showed Wednesday. According to the survey conducted by the Seoul-based Overseas Koreans Foundation from July 31-Aug. 25, 61.1 percent [...]

S. Korea to Permit 56,000 Foreign Workers with E-9 Visas Next Year

S. Korea to Permit 56,000 Foreign Workers with E-9 Visas Next Year

SEOUL, Dec. 22 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea will issue its non-professional employment visa to 56,000 foreign workers next year, the same figure set for this year’s quota, government officials said Friday. The government committee on foreign workforce policy finalized its plan for the 2018 E-9 visa quota during its 25th session presided over by [...]

Foreign Workers Crucial to South Korean Construction Industry

Foreign Workers Crucial to South Korean Construction Industry

SEOUL, Nov. 30 (Korea Bizwire) – A new survey has revealed that the South Korean construction industry will continue to suffer from labor shortages next year without foreign workers. Findings from the survey conducted by the Construction Workers Mutual Aid Association show that the construction industry will need around 1.61 million workers next year. However, the [...]

North Chungcheong Farms Look Abroad for Seasonal Workhands

North Chungcheong Farms Look Abroad for Seasonal Workhands

GOESAN, Sept. 5 (Korea Bizwire) — For the people of Goesan County, North Chungcheong Province, the period of “gimjang” or kimchi-making in November is the most critical time of the year. The sky-high demand from urban populations for Goesan’s specialty, salted cabbage, has the region seeing healthy yearly returns on its leafy vegetables. Just last [...]