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Number of Officials Overlooking Yemeni Refugee Crisis Increased to 10

Number of Officials Overlooking Yemeni Refugee Crisis Increased to 10

SEOUL, Jul. 6 (Korea Bizwire) — The Ministry of Justice revealed yesterday that six additional immigration officers were posted to the Immigration and Naturalization Service on Jeju Island in charge of refugee procedures in order to speed up processing for Yemeni nationals who have applied for refugee status. With the new staff, the total number [...]

Gov’t to Seek Revision of Refugee Act to Prevent Abuse by Fake Asylum Seekers

Gov’t to Seek Revision of Refugee Act to Prevent Abuse by Fake Asylum Seekers

SEOUL, Jun. 29 (Korea Bizwire) — The Justice Ministry said Friday it will seek to revise the Refugee Act to prevent fake asylum seekers from abusing the system and take steps to handle refugee applications much more quickly to screen out bogus claimants. The measures came amid growing anti-refugee sentiment in South Korea sparked by [...]

Yemeni Refugees Apply for Asylum in Jeju

Yemeni Refugees Apply for Asylum in Jeju

SEOUL, Jun. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — As controversy surrounding Yemeni refugees in Jeju Island brews, over 200,000 people have petitioned against the refugees on the presidential Blue House’s website. The initial petition titled “Petition Against the Approval of Refugees” gained the consensus of 208,096 people as of yesterday morning. The central government is required to [...]

Rights Watchdog Calls for Equal Disability Benefits for Refugees

Rights Watchdog Calls for Equal Disability Benefits for Refugees

SEOUL, April 27 (Korea Bizwire) – Refugees with disabilities are entitled to the same social security benefits as Korean nationals, South Korea’s human rights watchdog said Wednesday. The National Human Rights Commission of Korea said that it has asked the minister of health and welfare to revise the Welfare of Disabled Persons Act and related guidelines to ensure disabled refugees living in South Korea are treated equally [...]

Japanese Prime Minister Criticized for Remarks on Refugee Crisis on Korean Peninsula

Japanese Prime Minister Criticized for Remarks on Refugee Crisis on Korean Peninsula

SEOUL, April 18 (Korea Bizwire) – South Koreans voiced criticism over Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s recent remarks on dealing with possible refugees amid escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula, comments on social media showed Tuesday.  During a parliamentary session Monday, Abe said Japan is working on contingency plans for a possible influx of refugees [...]

Seoul Court to Open Interpretation and Translation Service Center

Seoul Court to Open Interpretation and Translation Service Center

SEOUL, July 19 (Korea Bizwire) – Seoul Administrative Court in Yangjae-dong, Seoul opened on July 19 a legal support center for interpretation and translation services due to an increasing number of cases related to foreign refugees. The number of refugee cases more than doubled from 400 cases in 2014 to 1,000 cases last year, and is [...]