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South Korean Gov’t Reportedly Grants First Refugee Status to Thai National

South Korean Gov’t Reportedly Grants First Refugee Status to Thai National

SEOUL, Nov. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — The South Korean government has granted official refugee status to a Thai national for the first time ever, according to various Thai media outlets. After being indicted in January for lese majeste, an offence against the dignity of a reigning sovereign or against a state, Chanoknan Ruamsap fled Thailand [...]

S. Korea Considers New Inspection Body for Asylum Seekers

S. Korea Considers New Inspection Body for Asylum Seekers

SEOUL, April 20 (Korea Bizwire) – The South Korean government is considering establishing an institution tasked with inspecting applications for refugee status due to a steady rise in the number of people seeking asylum in the country, government officials said Thursday.  A long-running civil war in Syria and other disturbances have created a refugee crisis [...]

Myanmar Refugees Find Safe Haven in Korea

Myanmar Refugees Find Safe Haven in Korea

INCHEON, Nov. 2 (Korea Bizwire) – Seven Myanmar refugee families, 34 asylum seekers in total, arrived at Incheon International Airport Wednesday.  The latest acceptance of refugees is the second instance of its kind after South Korea joined the UNHCR resettlement program in 2015. An additional 22 Myanmar refugees were relocated to Korea in December 2015.  [...]

Government to Bolster Support Packages for Hanjin’s Refugees at Sea

Government to Bolster Support Packages for Hanjin’s Refugees at Sea

SEJONG, Sept. 26 (Korea Bizwire) – The Korean government decided Sunday to reinforce its supply of support packages (food and daily necessities) to Hanjin Shipping employees still stranded at sea following the bankruptcy of the shipping giant.  As of Sunday, there were 59 Hanjin-owned vessels at sea, with 518 Korean and 720 overseas employees on [...]

Calls for Stricter Refugee Screening as Applications Soar

Calls for Stricter Refugee Screening as Applications Soar

SEOUL, Sept. 20 (Korea Bizwire) – With the number of refugee applications in Korea expected to surpass 20,000 before year-end, calls for stricter evaluation procedures have been raised with some worried about potential abuse of the system by those with fraudulent refugee claims.  According to Ministry of Justice data revealed Monday, the number of applications [...]