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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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  • 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
  • The norms and culture that foreigners perceive differently...A foreigner arrested for walking with a knife
    Can't you carry a knife?! Recently, an incident that clearly revealed the cultural difference between Koreans and foreigners occurred in Gwangju Metropolitan City. According to the Gwangju Gwangsan Police Station, a report was received at the 112 Situation Room around 2 pm on June 29 that a foreign man with a weapon was walking on the street in Wolgok-dong, Gwangsan-gu. In response to this, the police issued 'Code 0', the most powerful means of countermeasures when it was necessary to catch current offenders of violent crimes in the response stage of the 112 report, and dispatched three patrol cars to the scene. The police, who arrived at the Wolgok-dong site three minutes after receiving the report, found a foreign man walking with a kitchen knife in hand, pointed a taser and ordered the knife to be put down on the floor. Although the police ordered five times, the foreign man did not put down his knife because he could not understand Korean, and in the end, the police fired a taser to subdue the man. The foreigner, who was taken to the police station, was able to clear up the misunderstanding by saying through an interpreter, "I needed cooking utensils to prepare duck meat. I ran into the police on my way to borrow a knife from my friend's house." However, the Vietnamese man was unable to return to his dormitory because he was staying illegally and was handed over to the Immigration Office. It seems that the forced deportation process will proceed. Differences in perception of weapons This case reveals the difference in perception of swords between Korea and other Asian countries. In many Asian countries, such as Vietnam, Thailand, and Uzbekistan, it is said that when you borrow a knife from a friend's house, you can bring it with the knife exposed without using wrapping paper or shopping bags. Although there are differences according to regions such as cities or rural areas, the knife, which is recognized as a very dangerous object in Korea, is strongly recognized as a tool necessary for cooking food in Asian countries. In fact, at the ‘Multicultural Law and Order Forum’ jointly hosted by the Gyeonggi-do Center for Foreigners’ Human Rights in 2015, Prosecutor A in charge of foreign affairs at the Ansan Branch of the Suwon District Prosecutors’ Office explained the cultural differences between foreigners and locals about weapons found at crime scenes. Prosecutor A said, “More than 80% of knives, a crime tool found at crime scenes for Koreans, were used intentionally and deliberately, but over 80% of knives found at crime scenes for foreigners were used accidentally.” “In Southeast Asian countries, It seems that there is a culture that does not consider the knife as a tool of crime as much as it is recognized in Korea,” he pointed out. Prosecutor Lee also said, “If we do not take these cultural differences into account and enforce the law only from the perspective of Koreans, we need to be careful as it may impose excessive sanctions on foreign criminals.” Kyung-Seok Oh, director of the Gyeonggi Support Center for Foreigners’ Human Rights, said, “It is true that there are differences between the norms of foreigners and Koreans in all areas, such as traffic laws, drugs, and public disorder. It is true that they should learn and follow the norms of Korea, but it is necessary to view them with some tolerance and patience for their culture to come out naturally in the process of adapting to Korean culture and norms.” Reporter Song Ha-Sung
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    2022-07-08
  • Hwaseong Foreigner Shelter, which caused a controversy for human rights violations, transformed into a human rights-friendly facility!
    Last year, the Hwaseong Foreigner Shelter, which caused a controversy over human rights violations by tying the limbs of Moroccan foreigner behind his/her back, is changing into a human rights-friendly facility. Hwaseong Foreigner Shelter was a foreigner protection facility that detained foreigners who were about to leave the country forcibly, but it is being transformed into an “alternative foreigner protection facility” that guarantees the inmates’ right to move and autonomy. The Ministry of Justice has been implementing human rights-friendly facilities improvement, etc. in the women's protection wing of the Hwaseong Foreigner Shelter since April 18. The iron bars dividing the detention area were removed and the playground was opened during the day to allow the inmates to move freely within the facility. In fact, on May 23rd, members of the Special Committee on Refugee Immigrants of the Korean Bar Association visited the Hwaseong Shelter for women foreigners and confirmed this fact. Lee Eun-hye, a lawyer at the immigrant support group 'Asia's Window', who accompanied the visit, said, “When I visited the female foreigner protection wing, half of the existing iron bars were removed so that foreigners could freely go to and from other rooms and the playground during work hours. There are also 7 computers with internet access. In the hallway, two clothes dryers and a vending machine where you can buy sweets and mixed coffee were installed. Most of all, it was surprising that there was a cell phone zone where foreigners could freely use their cell phones.”  Lawyer Lee said, “Currently, only the female foreigner protection building has been changed to an open type due to problems such as space, budget, and manpower, but I hope that the male foreigner protection building and other shelters will be improved as soon as possible.” However, it is expected that it will be several years before such facilities are applied to other shelters. An official from the Ministry of Justice said, “Even if we want to significantly expand alternative protection facilities, it takes time and budget to reorganize existing facilities and organizations. However, even if it takes time, it should be implemented in a way that guarantees the freedom and human rights of foreigners in the shelter.” Meanwhile, the Ministry of Justice is also implementing measures to strengthen human rights protection in the departure waiting room (repatriation waiting room) of airports used by foreigners who have been denied entry to Korea. According to the announced plan, immigration officials should make available bedding and sanitary products necessary for foreigners entering to the room. In addition, in consideration of their diet and culture, meals and drinks should be provided three times a day. Reporter Hasung Song  
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    2022-06-14
  • Preparing for the establishment of the Immigration Office of the Korean government...Are we moving toward to immigration country?
    The Ministry of Justice actually held a forum to prepare for the establishment of the immigration office. The Ministry of Justice and the Immigration Policy Research Institute held the “Immigration Policy Forum for the 15th World People Day of Redesign for a Re-Leaping Republic of Korea” at the Asia Research Center of Seoul National University on June 8. Kim Dong-wook, a professor at Seoul National University's Graduate School of Public Administration, said in the first session announcement, “Currently, each department of the central government, local governments, and private organizations are making individual efforts in relation to immigration policies, but there are problems with wasted budget and organizational inefficiency due to the operation of similar overlapping programs. In order to solve various problems surrounding foreigners, such as supply and demand for immigrant workers, support for immigrant settlement, and racial discrimination, an organization dedicated to immigration policy should be established,”  Professor Kim also said, “Considering the complexity and policy efficiency of immigration policy, it is desirable to establish an Immigration Office under the Ministry of Justice. As the importance of securing a workforce in preparation for a population decline is growing, it is urgent to prepare a dedicated ministry to actively respond to the immigrant issue. When the government organization law is amended in September, it should be prepared to be dealt with together.” Lee Jung-woo, a standing research fellow at the Regional Immigration Policy Development Institute, also said, “Establishing an immigration office is like declaring that we will become an immigration country by promoting legal immigration through immigration policy. To this end, it is necessary to create a system in which the local community selects and takes responsibility for immigrants, and to allow the immigrant stakeholders in the local community to participate independently.” However, in the alternative organization of the ‘Immigration Office’ proposed by Professor Kim Dong-wook on this day, only departments for immigration and management of foreign residents exist, and departments for policy establishment, management, and education for multicultural families, foreign workers, and youth with immigrant backgrounds are omitted. This does not fit the justification of ‘installing a control tower’ to replace the foreigner-related functions that are mixed in each ministry. Regarding this, Lee Jae-yu, head of the Immigration and Foreign Policy Headquarters, in a conversation with Papaya Story reporter, said, “The management function of foreigners by various status of residence in charge of each ministry must first be arranged in which direction the upper department will take. Before that, it is not appropriate for us to set the direction first and then propose a department.”  Meanwhile, on this day, Park Min-jeong, a research fellow at the Institute for Immigration Policy, looked at immigration policy as a solution to the crisis of local extinction. She said, “In order to secure excellent foreign talent, we need to expand opportunities for foreigners to change their status of residence and promote local settlement of excellent foreign talents by attracting local-oriented skilled workers in connection with the local community.”  Reporter Hasung Song
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    2022-06-10
  • Democratic Party candidate Kim Dong-yeon elected as Gyeonggi governor
    In the local elections held on June 1, Kim Dong-yeon, the candidate of the Democratic Party of Korea, was elected governor of Gyeonggi-do. According to the National Election Commission, as of 8:39 a.m. on the 2nd, with 99.98% of the vote counting completed, Kim Dong-yeon, the Democratic Party candidate, won 2,87,307 votes (49.06%), confirming the election. Conservative Party candidate Kim Eun-hye won 2,81,403 votes (48.91%), and the difference between the two was only 8,904 votes. Because Gyeonggi-do has a total population of 13.57 million people, 8,904 votes is a very small difference. However, it can be said that Kim Dong-yeon did very well, as the Democratic Party of Korea won only five out of 17 metropolitan local governments across the country. Gyeonggi-do Governor-elect Kim Dong-yeon also made a pledge for multicultural families, mainly about the education of children from multicultural families. He pledged to create ▲an online platform for learning Korean for multicultural children ▲provision of career counseling and psychological counseling vouchers for teenagers from multicultural families ▲a translation platform for multicultural families including notices for parents and daily life guides. In the future, we hope that Governor-elect Kim's promise to multicultural families will become more concrete. Governor-elect Kim said this in his announcement of the election through Facebook. “Thank you very much for your support. I believe that this is not a personal victory, but a victory for the people of Gyeonggi-do who want change and hope. We will create a Gyeonggi-do without worrying about transportation, housing, and jobs. We will create a Gyeonggi-do where all residents, from children to the young, middle-aged and the elderly, can enjoy better opportunities. We will repay your support with actions, not words. We will work hard. Thank you" Reporter Jieun Lee  
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    2022-06-03
  • “Thank you for your hard work in supporting various families including multicultural families”
    The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family held a ceremony to commemorate Family Month in 2022 at the International Conference Center of the Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industry located in Seoul on May 20. About 300 people attended the event, including Minister of Gender Equality and Family Kim Hyun-sook, National Assemblyman Kim Jeong-jae and Kim Mi-ae, family policy persons of distinguished service, and family-related organizations. The event, which was held under the theme of ‘Happy Companionship, Korea by the side of all family members,’ was filled with time to reflect on the importance of family and share the vision of the new government’s family policy with awards for those persons of distinguished service in family policy. Minister Kim Hyun-sook said, "I think we were able to overcome the difficulties of Corona because we have our precious family. The new government will make more efforts to spread a diverse family and egalitarian family culture." In the commemorative event prior to the awards ceremony, major participants held a 'Happy Companionship Declaration Ceremony' for the happy life of all families in our society. Under the theme of 'Happy Companionship, Korea by the side of all families', ▲ will be a strong strength by the side of the whole family ▲ We will carry on the happiness of our families by caring for them together ▲ We will open tomorrow with warm that respects all families, and more were included. The government award was given to 85 persons of distinguished service who contributed to the promotion of welfare of various families, including multicultural families and vulnerable families in the policy field and in the local community, and the creation of a family-friendly social culture. The following is a list of individuals and organizations that have received awards for their contributions to support multicultural families. ◆ Kang Joo-hyeon, Director of Seodaemun-gu Family Center ◆
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    2022-05-24
  • “We will play a leading role in protecting and expanding the freedom and human rights of all citizens of the world”
    Yoon Seok-yeol was inaugurated as the 20th President of the Republic of Korea. President Yoon Seok-yeol held an inauguration ceremony in the front yard of the congress on May 10 in the presence of 41,000 people, including former and current presidents and their families, congress and government officials, representatives of each field of society, diplomatic envoys, and the public. He entered the venue on foot slowly, waving and shaking hands with the citizens. In his inaugural address on that day, President Yoon summarized the core value of running the government affairs operation as ‘freedom’. Based on the keyword of freedom as a universal value, President Yoon delivered a speech that penetrated the entire government affairs from human rights, economic growth, and security issues. "Liberal democracy creates peace and peace protects freedom. And peace is guaranteed by solidarity with the international community that respects freedom and human rights. We should seek a sustainable peace that blossoms freedom and prosperity, not a fragile peace that temporarily avoids war. Nowhere in the world is free from threats to freedom and peace. It is the same with peace on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia now”, said President Yoon. Regarding North Korea, President Yoon said, “I will open the door to dialogue for a peaceful resolution to North Korea’s nuclear development, which threatens peace not only on the Korean Peninsula but also in Asia and the world. If we do, we will work with the international community to prepare a bold plan to dramatically improve the North Korean economy and the quality of life of North Koreans.” Toward the international community, he pledged to take responsibility for the international community as one of the world's 10 largest economies. President Yoon said, “Korea cannot separate domestic and international affairs. Together with this great citizen of South Korea, we will create a country that is respected by the international community”. He added, “Now we are in the world’s top 10 economic powerhouse group. Therefore, we must take a stance as a global leader in actively supporting and defending universal international norms based on the values of freedom and human rights.” “We must play a more leading role in protecting and expanding the freedom and human rights of all citizens of the world as well as in Korea. It is clear that the international community is also expecting a greater role from Korea.” he said. Like President Yoon Seok-yeol's inaugural address, we hope that the new government will protect the freedom and human rights of foreign residents in Korea. Reporter Hasung Song
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    2022-05-11
  • “We support multicultural families running for local elections on June 1.”
    On the afternoon of the 10th, a press conference was held at Hwaseong Haenggung Plaza in Suwon, to declare support for the migrant women candidates running from the Democratic Party of Korea for the 8th national local election to be held on June 1st. On this day, organizations such as Korea Immigrant Women Voters Federation (Chairman Lee Kyung-sook) and Jeong Man Cheon Ha-Migrant Women’s Association (co-representative Ahn Ki-hee) with 400,000 members in 8 branches nationwide, which has the largest member of southern Gyeonggi Province. Wang G-na, a candidate in the provisional constituency for the Suwon City Council election (Yeonghwa, Yeonmu, and Jowon 1-dong), and Choi Mi-ja, a candidate for proportional representation in the Boryeong City Council election were also in attendance.  Candidate Wang Gna, who made her first remarks, said, “A society that recognizes and respects diversity is a true community in the global era. In the meantime, we have shouted multiculturalism and talked about diversity in every election, but we have not had any independence. Because of this, the stories of immigrants were not properly reflected in the policy.”  Candidate Wang also said, “Now is the time for immigrants to have an independent mind and show them in action. In the 30-year history of immigrants who came to Korea, there were immigrants who played politics in the central and local areas as proportional representatives, but there were no elected positions. Just as seawater maintains its salty taste with 3% salt, I will challenge myself for an elected office and win without fail.” Candidate Wang finally pledged, “I will be a driving force in promoting multicultural policies that include a value of philosophy of respect for diversity and coexistence.” Choi Mi-ja, president of the Boryeong branch of the Chungnam Multicultural Families Association, who made the second remark, said, “It has been 20 years since I came to Korea, but there are still many migrants living in the yoke of discrimination and hatred around us. “I decided to challenge the proportional representative of Boryeong City in order to help indigenous peoples and immigrants live as equal members and to implement solutions that we felt through our experiences in the past.” Chairman Lee Kyung-sook, who made the last declaration of support, said, “Korea has now become a multicultural society inseparable, but overlapping and formal multicultural policies and budgets are overflowing and they are not being consistently pursued. I hope that more of our immigrants will go out into the political arena that can change our lives.”  Chairman Lee also said, “When there are many immigrant candidates, multicultural families and migrants will be more interested in elections and politics. Through this, children of multicultural families can live in a better world. We ask for your interest and support for the immigrant female candidates.” In Korea, only in local elections, foreigners acquire permanent residency and have the right to vote after three years. Reporter Hasung Song
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    2022-04-13
  • How was Gyeonggi Province's response to infectious diseases targeting undocumented immigrants?
    A policy discussion meeting was held on March 18th in the conference room of the Northern Branch of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly for the ‘Reality and Tasks of Policies to Response to Infectious Diseases Targeting Undocumented Immigrants and Citizens of Gyeonggi-do’. The event, chaired by Gwang-hyeok Yoo, a member of the Health and Welfare Committee of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly, was prepared to address the problems of infectious disease response policies that vary depending on the target and to discuss the ultimate direction for everyone to be safe from infectious diseases. Dongjae Jeong, a research fellow at the Social Integration and Disaster Safety Lab at the Korea Institute of Public Administration and Security, who was responsible for the presentation of the topic, suggested that it is necessary to find a clear solution to the discrimination and exclusion of foreigners residing in Korea and to build a human-centered risk and disaster response system. Oh Kyung-seok, head of the Gyeonggi Foreign Human Rights Support Center, who was the first panelist, introduced cases of genuine mediation to the Diversity Communication Coordination Committee and mentioned the multi-dimensional difficulties experienced by migrants in the Corona situation. He also added that it is necessary to ensure the active participation of migrants and build a community disaster prevention and response safety net where migrants and locals work together to build a universal disaster safety net. Lee Gyeong-ryeol, a local cultural activist, revealed a photo of a scene where foreigners were discriminated against after the spread of Corona 19 and revealed the experience of discrimination as an acquaintance of foreigners. He pointed out that it is difficult to receive support because it is a group that does not officially exist in Korea. Rep. Yoo Kwang-hyuk said, “We need to recognize that it is a concept of a community rather than a frame of one side. We will continue to pay attention to this issue at the Gyeonggi Provincial Council in the future." Reporter Lee Jieun
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    2022-03-23
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