ANNOUNCEMENT 01 Jan 2013In January 2013, the government of Republic of Korea announced a change for the labour market access of foreign workers.
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Korea Times, 13 Sept. 2012: http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2012/09/117_119908.html
Ministry of Labor, 17 Sept. 2012: http://www.moel.go.kr/english/topic/employment_policy_view.jsp?&idx=943
The Korea Times reports that in 2013, the Korean government will issue 62,000 foreign workers permits in order to meet growing labour demand in the manufacturing sector, a rise of 5,000 in comparison to this year. The number reflects the vacancies expected when 39,000 employees return home by the end of the year following their visa expiration, plus additional demand.
In a separate quota for foreigners of Korean descent who are given H-2 visas, mostly ethnic Korean-Chinese, the government has decided to keep the same number as this year, 303,000.
The government will allow small companies with less than 10 employees to hire up to three foreign workers, up from the current two. It will also come up with measures to protect migrant workers' rights, supporting their life here and resolving unfair treatment by employers.