South Korea allows illegal Vietnamese workers to return

Created 11 October 2018
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A new South Korean policy allows voluntarily departing Vietnamese illegal migrants to return legally and not be blacklisted.
South Korea allows illegal Vietnamese workers to return

Under the new clemency-offering policy for illegal workers, from October 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019, Vietnamese workers who voluntarily return home will not be restricted from re-entering Korea, included in a blacklist, or be reported to Vietnamese authorities.

South Korean officials said the policy aims at pursuing and sanctioning unlawful workers and employers in construction and other sectors that affect the employment opportunities of local people or have a negative impact on local customs.

Illegal foreign workers who are arrested in raids will be deported and banned from returning to South Korea for 10 years. They will also be blacklisted and reported to Vietnamese authorities.

The Overseas Labor Center under Vietnam's labor ministry said it has formulated procedures to support Vietnamese workers in Korea. Workers can report on their situation on the website of the center if they need help returning to Vietnam.

If the migrant worker has lost his/her passport or the passport has expired, the Embassy of Vietnam in South Korea will assist them in getting new documents, it said.

South Korea is one of the largest labor export markets for Vietnam. However, the number of migrant workers who reside in the country illegally is relatively high.

According to official labor reports, the Vietnamese usually account for 30-40 percent of illegal workers in South Korea.

Source: VNE

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