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South Korea: Outreach tour targets migrant workers

Graphic: Female migrant workers gather on a day off

The tour sought to provide advice on human rights and labor laws and regulations relating to migrant workers and their families.

The National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK) recently held an outreach tour for migrant workers at the Ansan Foreign Residents Center.

This purpose of the tour was to provide advice on human rights and labor laws and regulations relating to migrant workers and members of their families.

Counselling specialists and investigators from the Commission took part in the initiative, along with lawyers, labour attorneys and public servants from the Immigration Office and the Ministry of Employment and Labor.

To ensure effective communication with the migrant workers, translation services were provided in eight key languages (Chinese, Vietnamese, Mongolian, Indonesian, Uzbekistan, Thai, Filipino and Cambodian).

If a migrant worker raises allegations of a human rights violation during the discussions, the Commission will attempt to provide a remedy.

All information collected during the tour will be used for policy review and research to understand and improve the human rights situation of migrant workers in the country.

Date: 25 January 2013

Source: National Human Rights Commission of Korea


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  1. Female migrant workers gather on a day off - KC Wong, Flickr; http://bit.ly/1KMCsJH