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Court Rules in Favor of Airport-stranded Angolan Family Seeking Refugee Status

Court Rules in Favor of Airport-stranded Angolan Family Seeking Refugee Status

SEOUL, Sept. 27 (Korea Bizwire) – Overturning a lower court decision, a Seoul appellate court on Friday ruled in favor of an Angolan family stranded at the country’s main airport while applying for refugee status in the country after fleeing persecution in their homeland. The Seoul High Court ordered immigration officials to grant the family [...]

Civic Groups Demand Investigation After Iranian Refugee’s Father Denied Refugee Status

Civic Groups Demand Investigation After Iranian Refugee’s Father Denied Refugee Status

SEOUL, Aug. 30 (Korea Bizwire) — Friends and civil groups advocating for an Iranian boy who obtained refugee status in South Korea called on the National Assembly to crack down on immigration authorities following the decision to reject an application for refugee status from the boy’s father. Civil groups and graduates of Aju Middle School, [...]

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.  [...]