Seoul Plans Extra Support For Foreigners

By Editorial 16 May, 2014

Seoul's Municipal Government (SMG) has announced initiatives to help foreign residents living in the South Korean capital, including human rights support services, job fairs, shelters, more translators, and an expatriate council.

There are also plans to create a second Seoul Global Center, to deliver expat support services in the south of the city. The city plans to hire translators who specialize in law, as well as foreign residents fluent in Korean. Currently, there are ten bilingual translators available for foreigners who need general assistance with communication at hospitals or city offices.

SMG says that the moves will help expatriate workers in Seoul facing discrimination or wage delays, or who have become homeless after losing work or due to marital problems. Four shelters are planned, and one large shelter in the future.

The expat council will hold quarterly meetings from next year to enable foreign residents to become more involved with local issues.

Seoul is also planning to help more countries establish cultural institutes in the city, through the creation of a new center by 2018.

A city official, Cho Hyun-ok, told the media that the plan was for Seoul to become an "advanced multicultural city." Figures from October showed that just under 400,000 foreigners live in Seoul, of whom just over half (225,000) are ethnic Koreans from China.

Tags: China | Korea, South | Expats | Welfare |


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