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Japan moves to expand controversial foreign worker scheme

Posted by jaypee 121 days ago Japan
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Japan is considering expanding a controversial program that now offers workers from China and elsewhere permits to work for up to three years, as the world’s fastest-aging nation scrambles to plug gaps in a rapidly shrinking workforce.

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Nine Chinese exiles get residency after years without status

Posted by jacobo 71 days ago Taiwan
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Nine Chinese exiles in Taiwan — five dissidents and four Falong Gung practitioners — have been granted long-term residency permits after living in the nation for between five and 10 years without official status. They can become Taiwanese citizens after two years.

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Korean Food Business Start-up Courses for Migrant Workers

Posted by jacobo 66 days ago Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea
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SEOUL, May 27 (Korea Bizwire) – What the migrant workers working in Korea wish to learn most has turned out to be a prospective business item with which they can start a business of their own when they go back home.

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With irregular workers, S. Korea risks another Sewol every day

Posted by jacobo 67 days ago Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea
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In the wake of the Sewol tragedy, it was learned that a significant number of the ferry’s crewmembers, as well as the captain, were contract workers, once more illuminating the excessive use of irregular workers in South Korean society.

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Getting severance will be tougher for foreign migrant workers

Posted by jacobo 109 days ago Republic of Korea
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Van Thanh posted a photo of his handwritten statement on Apr. 21 to a community Facebook page for Vietnamese people living in South Korea. The 26-year-old migrant worker from Vietnam, who lives in Changwon, South Gyeongsang Province, wrote, “After July, all foreign workers can only receive severance pay (departure guarantee insurance) from their own co

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Marriage migrants will need to brush up on their Korean

Posted by jacobo 176 days ago Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea
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Marriage migrants may be in for a tougher time getting visas with a planned amendment that would introduce Korean language proficiency and spousal income as eligibility criteria.

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Calls for better treatment of migrant workers in Hong Kong | SBS News

Posted by jaypee 65 days ago Hong Kong SAR
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Samantha Yap reports on efforts to win higher wages and better conditions for these foreign workers in the Chinese special administrative region.


This shelter, located behind a church in Hong Kong, accommodates foreign domestic helpers who have no place to stay.

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S. Korea regulates marriage with foreigners

Posted by jacobo 99 days ago Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea
http://www.bworldonline.com — SEOUL -- South Korea earlier this month imposed new restrictions on mixed marriages, but critics say authorities would do better to focus on supporting foreign spouses who struggle to assimilate in one of Asia’s most ethnically homogenous societies. Read More