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Korea moves to limit E-9 visa extensions for foreign workers

Posted by jaypee 12 days ago Republic of Korea
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr —

Foreign workers who hold the E-9 non-professional employment visa will no longer be able to have unlimited extensions under new Korean government rules.

Applicants will only be able to extend the visa once, with a maximum stay of four years and 10 months, the Ministry of Justice said, according to Yonhap news agency Thursday. The ministry is working with the

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New Taipei launches website to help filter migrant worker brokers

Posted by jaypee 15 days ago Taiwan
http://focustaiwan.tw —

Taipei, Aug. 1 (CNA) The New Taipei City government on Tuesday launched a website to allow employers of migrant workers to check information about brokers and recruitment agencies in the city and thus filter out agencies that have a history of malpractice.

On the website, employers can search for brokers and recruitment agencies that have government ratings and check the nation

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Group urges help for foreign workers fleeing bad work - Taipei Times

Posted by jaypee 18 days ago Taiwan
http://www.taipeitimes.com —

Employment Service Act (就業服務法) regulations should be revised to allow greater flexibility for foreign workers who flee illegal labor conditions, labor rights advocates said yesterday during a protest outside the Ministry of Labor in Taipei.


“For the responsible agency to ignore a worker’s rights just because a new administrative rule has not passed amounts to truly for Read More

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Japan treats 1 million foreign workers as ‘non-existent’

Posted by jaypee 20 days ago Japan
http://www.asahi.com —

Foreign workers in Japan are increasingly being seen as a valuable resource amid Japan’s declining birthrate and growing elderly population.


However, recent headlines in the media express concern about the influx of immigrants.


“Should we accept immigrants?” one publication asked.


Another worried that, “What will happen if foreigners become our Read More

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Mob arrested over maids' money misery

Posted by jaypee 154 days ago Hong Kong SAR
http://www.atimes.com — Hong Kong police believe a money lending syndicate offered loans to 1,200 Filipino domestic helpers and seized the borrowers’ passports and employment contracts as collateral

Two Hong Kong residents and eight Filipino domestic workers were arrested on loan sharking charges in a police operation on Sunday and Read More

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New contracts to protect domestic workers from high-rise window cleaning risk are no deterrent, says union

Posted by jaypee 274 days ago Hong Kong SAR
https://www.hongkongfp.com —

The Federation of Asian Domestic Workers’ Unions (FADWU) has expressed its concern over the effectiveness of new provisions aimed at protecting domestic workers from the dangers of high-rise window cleaning.


New contracts, due to roll out on January 1, will prohibit domestic workers from cleaning the exteriors of windows above the ground floor, unless grills are install Read More

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Japan quietly accepting foreign workers — just don't call it immigration

Posted by jaypee 285 days ago Japan
http://www.japantimes.co.jp —

Send us your construction workers, your care givers, your store clerks — but for a limited time only.


That’s the message from Japan, where the number of foreign workers, though still relatively small, has nearly doubled over the past eight years, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling party is considering policies to speed up arrivals.


Just don’t call Read More

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Number of foreign workers in South Korea nearing 1 million

Posted by jaypee 297 days ago Republic of Korea
http://english.hani.co.kr —

The number of foreigners employed in the South Korean labor market is nearing 1 million. Four out of 100 people working in the country are noncitizens. For the most part, foreigners employed in the country are working at small companies in poorly remunerated jobs. The increasing number of working foreigners is also having a considerable effect on wages and other labor conditions in the lo

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