South Korea: Disposable labour: Rights of migrant workers in South Korea

With the implementation of the Employment Permit System (EPS) in August 2004, the Republic of Korea (South Korea) became one of the first Asian countries to legally recognise the rights of migrant workers. Now five years into the EPS work scheme, migrant workers continue to be at risk of human rights abuses and many of the exploitative practices that existed under the previous Industrial Trainee System still persist under the EPS. In this report Amnesty International identifies areas of concern such as recruitment, health and safety, detention and working conditions.

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