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  • “코로나19 팬데믹 속에 파키스탄 독립기념일을 축하해요”
    This year on August 14, millions of Pakistanis are marking the 74th anniversary of the country’s independence from British rule and the day it was declared a sovereign state. Unlike the past, the COVID-19 pandemic has put a damper on the celebrations like the previous year.    Despite that, various political, religious, and government organizations, and the public at large, have decided to celebrate the occasion with the same enthusiasm by following the coronavirus Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) suggested by the government.    Celebrations will be mainly around the country’s capital Islamabad where the national flag will be hoisted above the presidential and parliament buildings, followed by a rendition of the national anthem and speeches from President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister, former cricket player, Imran Khan.    Across the country parades and celebrations will take place, while millions of residents will host the distinctive green and white Flag of the Crescent and Star above their homes.    What are the origins of Independence Day in Pakistan? During much of the 19th century, the area making up modern-day Pakistan was ruled by the British Empire. Following the Government of India Act in 1858 the British crown assumed direct control of the Indian Subcontinent. Throughout the early 20th century popularity grew for a Muslim state independent from the rest of India.    Calls for independence from British rule growing through to the 1940s alongside increased Muslim nationalism and in 1940 the Lahore resolution was presented which called for the creation of an independent state for Muslims. In 1947 Clement Atlee announced that India would be divided into two separate states, India and Pakistan, a decision which would result in the displacement of millions. On August 14, Pakistan became independent and Muhammad Ali Jinnah was sworn in as the country’s first Governor General.   Prayers for the country 14th of August is of immense importance to every Pakistani, therefore it is celebrated with the same traditional passion. People begin their day with prayers in the mosque for the development and prosperity of the country. Alongside Muslims, all minorities celebrate Independence Day with equal zeal and passion.    Cathedral Church Lahore is one such place for Pakistani Christians where children from the Sunday Choir sing songs and perform tableaus in the church, while special prayers are offered for the national security of Pakistan. Kashmiris are also specially remembered in everyone’s prayers during this day. The people of Kashmir are the one awaiting independence for last 75 years under United Nations plebiscite pledge. Nationwide fervour Akin to the past, the Pakistani flag has been hoisted on the roofs of different public buildings across the country. Many buildings have also been decorated with colorful lights. Government building, parks, amusement parks, national monuments are decorated for the event.    People also love to hoist flags on their residences and lit these with green and white lights. Apart from these, a traditional flag-lowering ceremony takes place at Lahore's Wagah border, but visitors will not be allowed due to pandemic tough restrictions.   In Pakistan’s largest and coastal city Karachi, Independence Day celebrations have been organized by governmental and non-governmental organizations, schools, colleges, and the private sector. On the morning of August 14, the main ceremony will be held at the mausoleum of the Founder of Pakistan, Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.    Parks and public places will remain open but the government has urged people to observe the SOPs for their own and others’ safety. All the main public buildings across Islamabad and Rawalpindi will be decorated with lights and the Pakistani flag. Individual celebrations Besides the decoration of buildings and opening of recreational spots in different cities of Pakistan, people also celebrate their own small ways by decorating their homes, shops, and vehicles with the Pakistani flag to exhibit their patriotism.    For the purpose, roadside stalls selling flags, badges, stickers, and clothes for adults and children alike, have been set up in almost all cities of Pakistan. Typically, in the build up to August 14, shop stalls and shops are set up across the country selling bunting, banners and posters emblazoned with the green and white of the Pakistani national flag.    On this day, celebration parades are visible all over the country, with citizens typically dressed in green and white. Family and friends’ gatherings are also held to enjoy Pakistani food at home or in public places following the COVID-19 restrictions.
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    2021-09-09

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  • 15 million won for funeral expenses and 20 million won for condolences to the victims of the Itaewon crowd crush
    The government has decided to pay up to 15 million won for funeral expenses for the victims of the Itaewon crowd crush, and to reduce or defer payment of taxes and telecommunication charges to the bereaved family and the injured. They will also pay compensation to victims. 20 million won per person for the dead and 5-10 million won for the injured depending on the degree of disability. The Ministry of the Interior and Safety held the “Itaewon Accident Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters Meeting Briefing” at the Government Complex Sejong on October 31 and announced the victim support plan. It seems that deceased foreigners will receive the same level of support as Koreans. Minister of Foreign Affairs Park Jin appeared at the National Assembly Foreign Affairs and Unification Committee on October 31 and said, "We are reviewing to ensure that possible assistance can be provided to deceased foreigners in accordance with the Korean people." Rep. Yun Ho-jung recommended to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, “There should be no discrimination between foreigners and Koreans in the areas of funeral support, compensation, and consolation money for foreign deaths.” Rep. Woo Sang-ho said, “If the family members of the bereaved family of a foreign national want to come to Korea, it is necessary to support the cost of stay, airfare, and repatriation of the remains. The extent to which the remains are returned should be supported by Korea. At the very least, it should be able to instill the perception that if you have an accident in Korea, you will be treated with sufficient courtesy.” The Minister of Foreign Affairs did not give a clear answer to this. However, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is providing the convenience of entry for the bereaved family, while taking necessary measures through the embassy of the country where the victim occurred. So far, 155 people have been confirmed dead and all have been identified. A total of 152 people were injured, including 33 seriously injured. 26 foreigners were killed and 15 were injured. Papaya Story
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    2022-11-02
  • 26 foreigners are killed and more than 15 are injured from Itaewon disaster
    Among those who died, 26 were foreigners. 15 foreigners were also injured. The injured were dispersed to nearby hospitals and received treatment, and most returned home, but six people are still receiving treatment. The reason why the number of foreign deaths was higher than expected is presumed to be because Itaewon has a large floating population of foreigners and it was the weekend before Halloween, so many foreigners went to play. In particular, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs decided to help expedite the issuance of visas if the families of foreign casualties wish to enter Korea. We decided to support as much as possible about the transportation of the body.
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    2022-11-01
  • Undocumented foreigners receiving treatment for industrial accidents might get deported after treatment
    It has been confirmed that undocumented foreign workers who suffered industrial accidents are not deported while receiving treatment, but can be deported after treatment is over. On October 12, the Ministry of Employment and Labor stated, “The Industrial Accident Insurance is designed to protect workers from occupational accidents and does not discriminate based on their nationality or status of residence. In accordance with the Immigration Control Act, we are submitting data at the request of relevant organizations.” "However, the Korea Workers' Compensation and Welfare Corporation, which operates industrial accident insurance, is submitting data for foreign workers' industrial accident requests in accordance with the Immigration Control Act at the request of related organizations." In response, it is known that the Immigration Office will not deport the undocumented foreigner while receiving treatment, but will open the deportation procedure when it is determined that the treatment is over. These details have not been clearly disclosed so far, but some have been confirmed by the announcement of the Ministry of Employment and Labor. Recently, the Ministry of Justice announced that the government will conduct joint crackdowns for two months from October 11th. As a result, there are concerns that undocumented foreigners who suffer from industrial accidents and receive treatment may be forcibly deported. However, in an announcement on the 12th, the Ministry of Employment and Labor said, “Foreign workers can receive treatment for injuries and compensation for work-related injuries without distinguishing between legal and illegal. However, if there is a request from the immigration office, we have no choice but to provide the information.” Reporter Hasung Song
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    2022-10-14
  • The abolition of the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family, where does the multicultural family policy go?
    Abolition of the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family, what about multicultural policy? The government has confirmed a plan to reorganize the government organization with the main goal of abolishing the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family and establishing the Office of Overseas Koreans. The Ministry of Interior and Safety held a briefing at the government complex in Seoul on October 6th and announced the government reorganizing plan. The core of the announcement is that the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family will be abolished, and the main tasks of youth and family, multiculturalism, and women's policies will be transferred to the Ministry of Health and Welfare. In particular, it was decided to establish the ‘Population and Family Gender Equality Headquarters’ as an organization that oversees life cycle policies, gender equality, and rights and interests promotion functions. The female employment function is transferred to the Ministry of Employment and Labor in order to provide integrated employment support. Multicultural policies will also be transferred to the Population and Family Gender Equality Headquarters, and it is expected that departments such as the ‘Multicultural Policy Department’ will be created in this headquarters. Establishment of Overseas Koreans Office, Support for Chinese and Golyeoins? Another thing that stands out in this government reorganization is the establishment of the Office of Overseas Koreans under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A dedicated body will be established to take charge of the policy of 7.32 million Koreans living abroad. The Office of Overseas Koreans will integrate the functions of the Overseas Koreans Policy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the business functions of the Overseas Koreans Foundation. However, the purpose of the Overseas Koreans Office is to support overseas Koreans who once lived in Korea and then left abroad. It is concerned how well they will implement policies for Chinese compatriots and Golyeoins who came to Korea after living in China and Russia after the Japanese colonial period. They are the same compatriots, but completely different personalities. The establishment of the immigration office, which was originally discussed, was omitted from this reorganization plan. It's a shame. Reporter Hasung Song
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    2022-10-11
  • Ministry of Justice, government joint crackdown on unregistered foreigners and illegal employment
    The Ministry of Justice announced on October 5 that it would implement a joint government crackdown with related ministries to establish a strict residence order as the number of illegal immigrants recently increased again. Since the outbreak of Corona in Korea in 2020, the Ministry of Justice has been focusing on infectious disease prevention and control inspections for illegally immigrants and refraining from joint government crackdowns. However, as the number of cases of illegal employment and drug crimes by unregistered foreigners has recently increased, a joint crackdown has been launched. Five ministries, including the Ministry of Justice (supervised), the National Police Agency, the Ministry of Employment and Labor, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, and the Korea Coast Guard, will participate in this joint crackdown, and the duration is two months from October 11 to December 10. The main areas of joint enforcement are businesses that erode people's jobs, such as courier services and delivery agencies, adult entertainment establishments, and foreign drug crimes. It will concentrate enforcement on areas with significant social harm. Patrol activities in areas with high concentrations of foreigners, etc., are also carried out in parallel. The Ministry of Justice plans to actively respond to acts of refusal to crack down without justifiable reasons in the process of joint government crackdown, such as issuing a search and seizure warrant and conducting crackdowns. Unregistered foreigners caught in this crackdown will be deported and banned from entering the country for a certain period of time. An official from the Ministry of Justice said, “The premise of a flexible foreigner policy that is beneficial to the national interest lies in ‘establishing a strict residence order’. Strict and consistent crackdown on illegal stay will be implemented, but we will do our best to protect the human rights of foreigners by observing due process and preventing safety accidents.” In this crackdown, the Ministry of Justice is expected to actively crack down on illegal employment, so foreign residents should be especially careful. Reporter Hasung Song
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    2022-10-07
  • Sex crimes against foreigners doubled, will life in Korea turns into a nightmare?
    In December of last year, a man in his 60s forcibly sexual assaulted a teenage foreign woman living in a nearby building. In January of this year, two men in their 20s raped a foreign woman in their 20s who drank together at a university foreigner's dormitory, and were handed over to the prosecution. Last year, the total number of crimes related to rape and sexual assault in South Korea was 20,366, down 13.2% from 23,467 in 2018. However, even though foreigners were restricted from entering the country due to COVID-19, sex crimes against foreigners more than doubled from 71 to 148 during the same period. According to the data received by National Assembly member Choi Ki-sang from the National Police Agency, other than statistics on the occurrence of sexual crimes against foreigners, related data such as the results of measures and the location of the occurrence are not being compiled. In addition, it was found that the prevention and response of sex crimes targeting foreigners were neglected, such as not knowing whether an interpreter was participating in the initial investigation. As Hallyu contents such as popular music and movies are gaining huge popularity around the world, many foreigners are expected to visit Korea after the end of COVID-19, but poor management of sex crimes against foreigners could leave life in Korea a big nightmare.  Rep. Choi Ki-sang said, “Even if foreign victims of sexual offenses report to the nearest police substation, it is difficult to properly investigate the situation if they do not accurately inform the police. In the event of a sexual crime against a foreigner, it is necessary to ensure that volunteer interpreters, etc., actively participate in the investigation from the beginning, so as to prevent and respond to sexual crimes against foreigners.”  As a result of confirmation by Rep. Choi Ki-sang's office, the police are currently managing 3,338 civilian interpreters at each regional office nationwide. However, it was found that the number of times that interpreters were dispatched to the actual reporting site, such as police substations, or participated in the initial investigation is not being managed. Volunteer interpreters are usually managed by the police station and participate in the investigation stage of the police station, so it is presumed that they were hardly involved in the actual initial investigation. The police interpreter system is a system in which each local police agency manages Korean nationals and foreigners residing in Korea as non-resident private interpreters. As of August this year, a total of 3,338 people nationwide, including 610 from the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency, 185 from Busan, and 651 from Gyeonggi Province, are active. Reporter Hasung Song
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    2022-10-04
  • ‘Wongok Class’, a YouTube channel that can be done because it is Ansan, a performance for immigrants on Chuseok
    There are many policies and programs in Ansan that show that Ansan is the best multicultural city in the country. One of them is the YouTube channel ‘Wongok Class’, which was started to deliver corona information to immigrants. Currently, Wongok Class has established itself as a specialized program of the Ansan Foreign Residents Support Center that delivers disaster situations and information related to foreigners. Although considerable manpower and budget are required to operate the YouTube channel such as content planning, filming, editing, and publicity, it is expanding its capabilities into a business that only Ansan City can do. Especially, Wongok Class is introducing various and interesting contents through collaboration with foreign residents' communities. On September 11, the Chuseok holiday, the ‘Traditional Performance of the World for Chuseok’ was filmed at the outdoor plaza of the Foreign Resident Support Center in Ansan City. Traditional performances from Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia, Korea Taekwondo, Thailand, and more were held from 11:30 am on that day. At the event site, foreign residents who had nowhere to go during the Chuseok holiday gathered together and enjoyed performances from various countries around the world. An immigrant from Africa who met on the site said, “Koreans have a lot to do when they go to their hometowns for the Chuseok holiday, but we have nothing to do other than take a break. Still, the Ansan City Foreign Residents Support Center presented a world cultural performance and it was fun to watch.” Park Kyung-hye, head of the Ansan Foreign Residents Support Center, said, “We hope that the traditional performance of the world for Chuseok from the Wongok Class became a little comfort to foreign residents who work hard in our country and cannot go home even on holidays. We will do our best not to neglect the creation of the basic infrastructure of the special multicultural village, such as the establishment of a media center for immigrants.”  On the other hand, as of September 11th, 82 videos were published in the Wongok Class in various languages, and 700 subscribers adore the Wongok Class. Any foreigner can enjoy it on YouTube. Reporter Hasung Song
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    2022-09-15
  • Ministry of Justice caught 887 people including illegally employed foreigners and employers and arrests 5 people
    The Ministry of Justice announced on the 19th that a total of 887 people were caught, including 642 foreigners, 11 brokers, and 234 illegal employers, by intensively cracking down on foreigners working illegally in the adult entertainment and massage industry. The Ministry of Justice has been intensively cracking down on illegally employed foreigners and job placement brokers in the adult entertainment and massage industries for two months from June. Among the 887 people, five were arrested, including foreigners and brokers. The Ministry of Justice said, “We have intensively cracked down on cases of foreigners who entered the country engaging in business activities such as prostitution by exploiting the visa exemption system. In case of refusing or interfering with the crackdown, we strongly dealt with the crime, such as obtaining a search and seizure warrant for the crime scene.”  The Ministry of Justice arrested two of the 11 brokers caught in the crackdown, and handed over nine to the prosecution without detention. In addition, 3 out of 642 illegally employed foreigners were arrested, 2 were handed over to the prosecution without detention, 588 were deported, 16 were ordered to leave the country, and the remaining 33 were accused and notified. Notice means the imposition of a fine or a fine for negligence. In addition, out of 234 illegal employers, 13 were detained without detention and handed over to the prosecution, 210 were notified, 3 were accused, and 8 were under investigation. By nationality, 527 Thais, 49 Vietnamese, 33 Chinese, 12 Russians, 11 Filipinos, and 10 nationals from other countries are in the order of foreigners caught illegally employed. Regarding the crackdown, Minister of Justice Han Dong-hoon said, "The basic premise of systematizing immigration and migration policies, such as the installation of an immigration and migration policy control tower, is to establish an order for residence, such as preventing illegal entry." Following the crackdown, the Ministry of Justice will conduct intensive crackdowns on illegal employment brokers for foreigners and international students, courier and delivery riders, and illegal taxi businesses using cannon cars, etc. for two months from September to October. Reporter Hasung Song
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    2022-08-22
  • I have received a new passport, do I have to report it to the Immigration Office?
    I am a marriage immigrant. I have been issued a new passport. In this case, do I have to report it to the Immigration Office? Or can I not? If I have to report, what documents are required? Foreign residents who have been issued a new passport or have renewed their passport must submit a ‘report of change of registration information’ to the competent immigration office within 15 days. In addition to passport number, issuance date, and validity period, the subjects for which registration changes need to be reported include name, gender, date of birth and nationality. However, if you receive a new passport, it takes time for reissuance, so you can report it ‘within 15 days after 30 days have elapsed from the date of passport reissuance.’ So, in terms of date, you can report within 45 days of the passport renewal date. In addition, when a foreign student enrolled in elementary, middle or high school changes schools, or when a foreigner with a visiting employment (H-2) qualification first finds a job or changes company, he or she must also report it. There are three ways to report. The most convenient way is to access Hi Korea and report it online, but this is only possible if you have already registered as a member before renewing your passport. You can also visit the Immigration Office or fax 1577-1346. When filing by fax, you only need to send three documents: a copy of your new passport, a copy of your alien registration card, and a combined application form. After sending the documents, you must call 1345 Information Center for Foreigners to see if they have received the fax. According to the Ministry of Justice, 8,768 foreign residents were fined less than 1 million won in 2019 alone for failing to report changes of passport renewal. Legal Consultation for Foreign Residents ‘Papaya Story Living Legal Visa Support Center’ Korean 031-8001-0211 / Law Firm (Limited) Min ‘Immigration Legal Support Team’ 02-3477-5550, email: beobil2002@lawmin.net
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    2022-07-18
  • PCR test results of foreigners entering Korea, online registration from the 14th
    From July 14th, overseas entrants will be able to register their polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test results online after entering the country. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) announced that it will introduce the PCR test result registration function in the quarantine information pre-entry system (Q-code) from the 14th after entering Korea. Currently, foreigners who have undergone the PCR test are notifying the public health center of the PCR test results through phone calls or text messages, but in some cases, they are omitted. When this system is introduced, public health centers will be able to check the test results of inbound travelers registered in the Q-code, and encourage foreigners who have not registered the test results to be tested. Currently, disease control authorities are operating the quarantine information pre-entry system (Q-code) to simplify the entry quarantine procedure. In the Q-code, you can shorten the time required for quarantine at the airport by entering your passport, vaccinations, tests, and health status information before boarding the plane and receiving a QR code. From July 14, even those who did not use the Q-code when entering the country can register the PCR test results after entering the country. Currently, PCR testing within 3 days of entry is mandatory. If it is difficult to register test results due to inexperienced Internet use, etc., you must contact or visit the local public health center to submit the test results. To register the test result, access the Q-code website (https://cov19ent.kdca.go.kr) → Register for inspection after entering the country → Enter passport number, date of birth, and date of arrival and search → Enter inspection date, test result and upload PCR test result do it in order. Reporter Hasung Song
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    2022-07-13
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