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Court Grants 1st Refugee Status over Sexual Orientation-based Persecution

Court Grants 1st Refugee Status over Sexual Orientation-based Persecution

SEOUL, Oct. 20 (Korea Bizwire) — An appellate court has granted refugee status to a transgender Malaysian national, recognizing persecution based on sexual orientation as a basis for asylum for the first time, sources said Thursday. The Seoul High Court has recently delivered the ruling in a suit the Malaysian filed against the Seoul office [...]

SNU Law Students Help Pakistani Family Acquire Refugee Status

SNU Law Students Help Pakistani Family Acquire Refugee Status

SEOUL, April 29 (Korea Bizwire) — Law school students at Seoul National University (SNU) have helped Pakistani nationals facing the risk of honor killing acquire refugee status in South Korea. The Seoul High Court recently ruled against the Korea Immigration Office’s earlier decision not to recognize the Pakistani family as refugees. The Pakistani father has [...]

Immigration Office’s Rejection of Refugee Status Application Ruled Unlawful

Immigration Office’s Rejection of Refugee Status Application Ruled Unlawful

SEOUL, May 17 (Korea Bizwire) — A court decision against the immigration office’s refusal to review a refugee status application from an African man has been finalized, court records showed Monday. The Seoul High Court on April 21 dismissed the Incheon International Airport immigration office’s appeal against a lower court ruling that deemed its rejection [...]

Refugee Rights Groups Strongly Oppose Revision of Refugee Act

Refugee Rights Groups Strongly Oppose Revision of Refugee Act

SEOUL, Jan. 4 (Korea Bizwire) — Refugee advocacy groups are strongly opposing the South Korean government’s efforts to revise the Refugee Act. The government recently issued a preliminary notice on the legislation of the revised Refugee Act that focuses on strengthening the reapplication procedures for asylum seekers. A group of refugee rights groups, including the [...]

S. Korea to Restrict Abuse of Refugee Status Applications

S. Korea to Restrict Abuse of Refugee Status Applications

SEOUL, Dec. 29 (Korea Bizwire) — The government has decided to impose stricter measures to prevent abuse of refugee status applications with malicious intent to extend the duration of stay. The Ministry of Justice announced the introduction of a newly amended refugee law Monday that will reject all reapplications for refugee status unless an exceptional [...]

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, [...]