South Korea: ‘Migrant workers are also human beings’

Index Number: ASA 25/007/2006

The Republic of Korea became the first labour importing country in Asia to seek to protect the rights of migrant workers when it passed the Act Concerning the Employment Permit for Migrant Workers (EPS Act). However, Amnesty International is concerned that migrant workers remain at risk of a range of serious human rights violations. Migrant workers in South Korea, in reality, continue to have limited protection against discrimination and abuse. The report ends with recommendations to the South Korean government and other concerned stakeholders to address these violations and protect the rights of migrant workers in the future.

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