Korea arrests 49 Vietnamese for illegal labor

In the past two months, the Korean Ministry of Justice has detected and handled 642 cases of illegal foreign workers, including 49 Vietnamese.

A two-month investigation by South Korean authorities has found and handled a total of 887 cases of violations, including foreigners working illegally, brokers and employers.

The total number of cases of foreigners working without legal documents is 642, including 527 Thai nationals, 33 Chinese nationals, 12 Russian citizens, 11 Filipino citizens and 49 Vietnamese nationals.

According to the Korean Ministry of Justice, 588 cases of illegal workers have received deportation orders, 16 people have voluntarily left the country and 5 cases have been transferred to the prosecutor’s office.

Seoul police on duty in November 2021, when South Korea holds the national university entrance exam.  Photo: AFP.

Seoul police on duty in November 2021, when South Korea holds the national university entrance exam. Image: AFP.

11 individuals acting as brokers were arrested. The investigating agency accused these people of assisting foreign workers to illegally enter and find work. All 11 people have been turned over to the prosecutor’s office.

Of the 234 illegal employers arrested, 210 were notified of immigration violations and 13 were prosecuted but not arrested.

The investigation mainly targeted massage parlors, bars with female staff and some adult entertainment establishments. Violators stay in Korea to work by taking advantage of some visa waiver programs.

According to the Korean Ministry of Justice, of the 437 Thai tourists who came to Jeju Island in this year’s group model, 17.4% have overstayed their visas and are unknown.

As of the beginning of this month, 727 Thai nationals were denied entry to Jeju Island because of a history of staying illegally. These cases are required to return to Thailand.

The Ministry of Justice intends to continue to crack down on the illegal foreign labor brokerage industry, as well as strengthen handling of cases of foreign workers without valid documents in the areas of delivery, taxi driving or evasion. seasonal worker program.

Name (Theo Korea Times)

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