ANNOUNCEMENT 24 Dec 2010

In December 2010, the government of Republic of Korea announced a change for the labour market access of foreign workers.

NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS

1

  • 0 harmful
  • 0 neutral
  • 1 liberalising

SOURCE



Ministry of Employment and Labor. (2011). 48'000 foreign workers to be introduced in 2011. Available at http://www.moel.go.kr/english/topic/employment_policy_view.jsp?idx=705


Inception date: 01 Jan 2011 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Labour market access

On 24 December 2010, the government of the Republic of Korea has announced its Foreign Workforce Introduction Plan for 2011. According to this plan, the overall quota for foreign workers immigrating to South Korea will be raised from 34'000 in 2010 to 48'000 in 2011.

 

A substantial share in the quota increase is due to 12'000 extra visas to be granted for construction workers. Furthermore, agricultural sectors saw their combined visa quota increase from 4'200 to 5'200 visas.

 

As a final change, construction waste disposal and salt extraction industries have been included as sectors eligible for the recruitment of foreign workers.

AFFECTED SECTORS

 
N/A

AFFECTED PRODUCTS

 
N/A