News/Korea: Deportation put off for illegal residents awaiting back pay

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Subject: News/Korea: Deportation put off for illegal residents awaiting back pay
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Wed Apr 12 2000 - 05:15:17 EDT


Deportation put off for illegal residents awaiting back pay
By Chang Jae-soon
The Korea Herald, March 9, 2000

The Justice Ministry announced yesterday that it would suspend the forced
deportation of illegal residents who are awaiting payment of back wages or
loans until such financial matters are settled. Ministry officials said
that among those housed at illegal residents' facilities, plaintiffs in
lawsuits over unpaid wages or other financial claims would be immune from
expulsion pending the results of deliberations by authorities on each case.

By providing the services of volunteer lawyers and labor inspectors, the
ministry also plans to offer legal assistance to illegal residents seeking
to collect back wages, the officials said. In order to help insolvent
illegal residents who cannot afford the cost of a return trip to their
countries, the ministry will provide them with airplane or passenger ship
tickets.

The measures were introduced in response to the fact that many illegal
residents are unwilling to return home only because they are owed back
wages or are unable to leave owing to a lack of money, the officials said.

The new rules, which are expected to help improve the human rights
situation for illegal residents here, came in the wake of the ministry's
announcement Sunday of a crackdown in May on workers who overstay their visas.

Citing problems that might arise from the presence here of ever increasing
numbers of illegal residents, immigration authorities said they would
mobilize about 1,000 officials and police officers for the campaign.
Illegal aliens have until April 30 to leave the country without paying fines.

As of the end of last year, there were an estimated 135,300 illegal
residents in Korea, a 36-percent jump from roughly 100,000 a year earlier.
The number of illegal immigrants reached its peak of about 150,000 in late
1997, before dropping sharply amid the economic crisis to roughly 92,000 in
August 1998. With the nation's ongoing economic recovery, the number of
illegal aliens has been rising.

The number of illegal residents under government protection has also
dramatically increased. There were about 14,000 illegal residents at 18
immigration offices across the country as of the end of 1999, up from
12,000 the previous year.
Melanie Orhant <<morhant@igc.org>>
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