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Category Archives: Migrants


Amnesty International: End rampant abuse of migrant agricultural workers

Daniel Corks October 20, 2014

Amnesty International has published an 89 page report detailing systematic and extensive abuse and mistreatment of migrant workers in Korea, a clear-cut example of forced labour and modern-day slavery. This report, which is focused on the agricultural industry and the Korean government’s Employment Permit System, follows Amnesty International’s earlier reports from 2006 (full report | summary) and 2009 on… Continue Reading »


Unregistered children in Korea: Nowhere left to go

Julie Min April 5, 2014

The smiling boy in the picture, A, is one of the unregistered children in Korea. In other words, he is stateless. A was born in Korea in 2009 May to a Vietnamese mother and a Korean father. When DNA testing showed that there was no blood relationship between A and his father, the couple divorced…. Continue Reading »


Wage Discrimination on the Sea: Foreign Fishery Crew Paid Significantly Less

Kelly Jung January 19, 2014

Despite the National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK) recommendation to increase the minimum wage of foreign maritime crew members, the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries instead has removed it entirely. Sources predict that the absence of wage requirement will further endorse discrimination towards the foreign crew members. For the past few years, the number… Continue Reading »


NHRCK Recommendations Against Discrimination In TV Broadcast

Ekaterina Mozhaeva November 29, 2013

The National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK) has reported that a considerable number of television programs whose content is related to immigrants use worrisome expressions that promote discrimination and has decided to recommend preventative measures to broadcasting companies. Based on the results of a “human rights guideline monitoring mission,” the Human Rights Commission passed… Continue Reading »

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