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Migrant Worker Groups Call for Stringent Measures as Unpaid Wages Hit 121.5 Billion Won Last Year

Migrant Worker Groups Call for Stringent Measures as Unpaid Wages Hit 121.5 Billion Won Last Year

SEOUL, Mar. 26 (Korea Bizwire) – Migrant worker rights organizations have urged the government to implement robust measures to address the persistent issue of unpaid wages, citing data obtained from the Ministry of Employment and Labor that revealed unpaid salaries for migrant workers reached a staggering 121.5 billion won in 2022.  In a joint statement released [...]

Hiring of Foreigners to Be Expanded to Hotel, Other Labor-intensive Industries

Hiring of Foreigners to Be Expanded to Hotel, Other Labor-intensive Industries

SEOUL, Dec. 29 (Korea Bizwire) — The hiring of foreigners will be further expanded in South Korea’s labor-intensive industries, beginning next year, the government said Friday, finalizing a plan to bring in an all-time high of 165,000 non-professional migrant workers in 2024 to tackle growing labor shortages. Hotels, condos and restaurants, among others, will be [...]

Record 165,000 Migrant Workers to Enter S. Korea Next Year

Record 165,000 Migrant Workers to Enter S. Korea Next Year

SEOUL, Nov. 27 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea will bring in an all-time high of 165,000 non-professional migrant workers next year under the Employment Permit System to cope with growing labor shortages hitting many industries, the Ministry of Employment and Labor said Monday. The government will also expand the industries in which the foreign workers [...]

Gov’t to Extend Period of Stay for Seasonal Migrant Workers to 8 Months

Gov’t to Extend Period of Stay for Seasonal Migrant Workers to 8 Months

SEOUL, May 30 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea will extend the maximum period of stay for seasonal migrant workers from the current five months to eight months to tackle chronic labor shortages in its agricultural and fisheries sectors, the justice and agriculture ministries said Tuesday. The ministries said the government will revise the relevant enforcement [...]

Migrant Workers Rally in Seoul for Better Working Conditions and Labor Rights

Migrant Workers Rally in Seoul for Better Working Conditions and Labor Rights

SEOUL, May 1 (Korea Bizwire) — Foreign worker organizations, including the Migrant Trade Union and the Migrant Workers’ Equality Alliance, protested in Seoul on April 30, one day before Labor Day, to demand better working conditions. They chanted “guarantee freedom of movement at workplaces” and staged a chain performance to attract attention. They called for [...]

Stay Permit for High-skilled Migrant Workers to be Extended to Up to 10 yrs

Stay Permit for High-skilled Migrant Workers to be Extended to Up to 10 yrs

SEOUL, Dec. 29 (Korea Bizwire) — The government plans to significantly extend the stay permit to about 10 years for migrant workers who entered South Korea on a non-professional visa and worked long enough to meet the requirements for occupational proficiency, the labor ministry said Thursday. Under the current Employment Permit System for migrant workers, [...]

Helping Foreign Workers to Resettle in Home Countries Can Prevent Illegal Stay: Study

Helping Foreign Workers to Resettle in Home Countries Can Prevent Illegal Stay: Study

SEOUL, Jan. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — A recent study claimed that the introduction of a program designed to support migrant workers who have returned to their home countries will help prevent foreigners from staying in South Korea illegally. Kim Yeon-hong, a departmental head at the Human Resources Development Service of Korea, said that out of [...]