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Local Gov’ts Introduce Rigorous Childbirth Policies

Local Gov’ts Introduce Rigorous Childbirth Policies

SEOUL, Oct. 21 (Korea Bizwire) — Municipalities in Gyeonggi Province are coming up with various projects to boost childbirth. The city of Yongin decided to continue offering childbirth subsidies and give out ‘First Encounter Coupons’ to be introduced by the central government. The First Encounter Coupons are 2-million-won (US$1,700) vouchers given out for each child to [...]

Vehicle Emissions Control Measures Most Cost Effective Way to Achieve Fine Dust Reduction: Think Tank

Vehicle Emissions Control Measures Most Cost Effective Way to Achieve Fine Dust Reduction: Think Tank

SEOUL, June 24 (Korea Bizwire) — A recent study showed that the most cost effective policy for the reduction of fine dust among the initiatives pursued by the Seoul metropolitan government is a measure targeting the mitigation of vehicle emissions. A report released on Wednesday by the Seoul Institute, a think tank for the Seoul [...]

Skepticism Grows over New Temporary Stay Permit Policy for Undocumented Migrant Children

Skepticism Grows over New Temporary Stay Permit Policy for Undocumented Migrant Children

SEOUL, April 27 (Korea Bizwire) — Skepticism is growing over the effect of the government’s new policy of granting temporary stay permits to undocumented migrant children. The Ministry of Justice is receiving applications from those who want to benefit from the policy, which is limited to children who have lived here for more than 15 [...]

Moon Administration’s Renewable Energy Policy Lays Waste to Environment

Moon Administration’s Renewable Energy Policy Lays Waste to Environment

SEOUL, Feb. 26 (Korea Bizwire) — Criticism is rising against the government’s push for renewable energy, with many claiming that government policies are directly responsible for the devastation of the natural environment across the country. Critics specifically point at solar generation facilities and wind turbines built in mountainous areas, and solar panels set up on [...]

Gov’t Announces Initiative to Separate Abused Children from Abusers

Gov’t Announces Initiative to Separate Abused Children from Abusers

SEOUL, Nov. 30 (Korea Bizwire) — Under a new government policy, if child abuse reports are made to the police or other child protective authorities more than two times the children in concern will be separated from their abusers immediately. South Korea’s law enforcement agencies and public servants in charge of the protection of children [...]

Seoul Vows Greater Role in Supporting Multicultural Families Hit by COVID-19

Seoul Vows Greater Role in Supporting Multicultural Families Hit by COVID-19

SEOUL, Sept. 16 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s government will play a greater role in helping multicultural households overcome various difficulties caused by the coronavirus outbreak, a Cabinet minister said at a forum on multiculturalism Wednesday. Minister of Gender Equality and Family Lee Jung-ok made the promise in her address delivered at the 2020 Multiculturalism [...]

New Year Ushers in Many Changes in Immigrant, Labor, Welfare, Education Sectors

New Year Ushers in Many Changes in Immigrant, Labor, Welfare, Education Sectors

SEOUL, Jan. 2 (Korea Bizwire) — With the dawn of the new year, South Koreans and foreigners living here are bracing for many changes in government policies and systems that affect their daily life, labor practices, education and welfare. Starting in 2020, short-term foreign visitors are barred from applying for a South Korean driver’s license [...]

S. Korea Revamps College Admission Policy Following Fairness Row

S. Korea Revamps College Admission Policy Following Fairness Row

SEOUL, Nov. 28 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea on Thursday unveiled a set of revised policies for college admission following a controversy over the current system, which some claim favors students with rich and powerful parents. Under the revised measures, Seoul-based universities with high admission standards will pick 40 percent of their freshmen through a [...]