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  • “코로나19 팬데믹 속에 파키스탄 독립기념일을 축하해요”
    This year on August 14, millions of Pakistanis are marking the 74th anniversary of the country’s independence from British rule and the day it was declared a sovereign state. Unlike the past, the COVID-19 pandemic has put a damper on the celebrations like the previous year.    Despite that, various political, religious, and government organizations, and the public at large, have decided to celebrate the occasion with the same enthusiasm by following the coronavirus Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) suggested by the government.    Celebrations will be mainly around the country’s capital Islamabad where the national flag will be hoisted above the presidential and parliament buildings, followed by a rendition of the national anthem and speeches from President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister, former cricket player, Imran Khan.    Across the country parades and celebrations will take place, while millions of residents will host the distinctive green and white Flag of the Crescent and Star above their homes.    What are the origins of Independence Day in Pakistan? During much of the 19th century, the area making up modern-day Pakistan was ruled by the British Empire. Following the Government of India Act in 1858 the British crown assumed direct control of the Indian Subcontinent. Throughout the early 20th century popularity grew for a Muslim state independent from the rest of India.    Calls for independence from British rule growing through to the 1940s alongside increased Muslim nationalism and in 1940 the Lahore resolution was presented which called for the creation of an independent state for Muslims. In 1947 Clement Atlee announced that India would be divided into two separate states, India and Pakistan, a decision which would result in the displacement of millions. On August 14, Pakistan became independent and Muhammad Ali Jinnah was sworn in as the country’s first Governor General.   Prayers for the country 14th of August is of immense importance to every Pakistani, therefore it is celebrated with the same traditional passion. People begin their day with prayers in the mosque for the development and prosperity of the country. Alongside Muslims, all minorities celebrate Independence Day with equal zeal and passion.    Cathedral Church Lahore is one such place for Pakistani Christians where children from the Sunday Choir sing songs and perform tableaus in the church, while special prayers are offered for the national security of Pakistan. Kashmiris are also specially remembered in everyone’s prayers during this day. The people of Kashmir are the one awaiting independence for last 75 years under United Nations plebiscite pledge. Nationwide fervour Akin to the past, the Pakistani flag has been hoisted on the roofs of different public buildings across the country. Many buildings have also been decorated with colorful lights. Government building, parks, amusement parks, national monuments are decorated for the event.    People also love to hoist flags on their residences and lit these with green and white lights. Apart from these, a traditional flag-lowering ceremony takes place at Lahore's Wagah border, but visitors will not be allowed due to pandemic tough restrictions.   In Pakistan’s largest and coastal city Karachi, Independence Day celebrations have been organized by governmental and non-governmental organizations, schools, colleges, and the private sector. On the morning of August 14, the main ceremony will be held at the mausoleum of the Founder of Pakistan, Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.    Parks and public places will remain open but the government has urged people to observe the SOPs for their own and others’ safety. All the main public buildings across Islamabad and Rawalpindi will be decorated with lights and the Pakistani flag. Individual celebrations Besides the decoration of buildings and opening of recreational spots in different cities of Pakistan, people also celebrate their own small ways by decorating their homes, shops, and vehicles with the Pakistani flag to exhibit their patriotism.    For the purpose, roadside stalls selling flags, badges, stickers, and clothes for adults and children alike, have been set up in almost all cities of Pakistan. Typically, in the build up to August 14, shop stalls and shops are set up across the country selling bunting, banners and posters emblazoned with the green and white of the Pakistani national flag.    On this day, celebration parades are visible all over the country, with citizens typically dressed in green and white. Family and friends’ gatherings are also held to enjoy Pakistani food at home or in public places following the COVID-19 restrictions.
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  • “Thank you for your hard work in supporting various families including multicultural families”
    The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family held a ceremony to commemorate Family Month in 2022 at the International Conference Center of the Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industry located in Seoul on May 20. About 300 people attended the event, including Minister of Gender Equality and Family Kim Hyun-sook, National Assemblyman Kim Jeong-jae and Kim Mi-ae, family policy persons of distinguished service, and family-related organizations. The event, which was held under the theme of ‘Happy Companionship, Korea by the side of all family members,’ was filled with time to reflect on the importance of family and share the vision of the new government’s family policy with awards for those persons of distinguished service in family policy. Minister Kim Hyun-sook said, "I think we were able to overcome the difficulties of Corona because we have our precious family. The new government will make more efforts to spread a diverse family and egalitarian family culture." In the commemorative event prior to the awards ceremony, major participants held a 'Happy Companionship Declaration Ceremony' for the happy life of all families in our society. Under the theme of 'Happy Companionship, Korea by the side of all families', ▲ will be a strong strength by the side of the whole family ▲ We will carry on the happiness of our families by caring for them together ▲ We will open tomorrow with warm that respects all families, and more were included. The government award was given to 85 persons of distinguished service who contributed to the promotion of welfare of various families, including multicultural families and vulnerable families in the policy field and in the local community, and the creation of a family-friendly social culture. The following is a list of individuals and organizations that have received awards for their contributions to support multicultural families. ◆ Kang Joo-hyeon, Director of Seodaemun-gu Family Center ◆
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    2022-05-24
  • “We will play a leading role in protecting and expanding the freedom and human rights of all citizens of the world”
    Yoon Seok-yeol was inaugurated as the 20th President of the Republic of Korea. President Yoon Seok-yeol held an inauguration ceremony in the front yard of the congress on May 10 in the presence of 41,000 people, including former and current presidents and their families, congress and government officials, representatives of each field of society, diplomatic envoys, and the public. He entered the venue on foot slowly, waving and shaking hands with the citizens. In his inaugural address on that day, President Yoon summarized the core value of running the government affairs operation as ‘freedom’. Based on the keyword of freedom as a universal value, President Yoon delivered a speech that penetrated the entire government affairs from human rights, economic growth, and security issues. "Liberal democracy creates peace and peace protects freedom. And peace is guaranteed by solidarity with the international community that respects freedom and human rights. We should seek a sustainable peace that blossoms freedom and prosperity, not a fragile peace that temporarily avoids war. Nowhere in the world is free from threats to freedom and peace. It is the same with peace on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia now”, said President Yoon. Regarding North Korea, President Yoon said, “I will open the door to dialogue for a peaceful resolution to North Korea’s nuclear development, which threatens peace not only on the Korean Peninsula but also in Asia and the world. If we do, we will work with the international community to prepare a bold plan to dramatically improve the North Korean economy and the quality of life of North Koreans.” Toward the international community, he pledged to take responsibility for the international community as one of the world's 10 largest economies. President Yoon said, “Korea cannot separate domestic and international affairs. Together with this great citizen of South Korea, we will create a country that is respected by the international community”. He added, “Now we are in the world’s top 10 economic powerhouse group. Therefore, we must take a stance as a global leader in actively supporting and defending universal international norms based on the values of freedom and human rights.” “We must play a more leading role in protecting and expanding the freedom and human rights of all citizens of the world as well as in Korea. It is clear that the international community is also expecting a greater role from Korea.” he said. Like President Yoon Seok-yeol's inaugural address, we hope that the new government will protect the freedom and human rights of foreign residents in Korea. Reporter Hasung Song
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    2022-05-11
  • “We support multicultural families running for local elections on June 1.”
    On the afternoon of the 10th, a press conference was held at Hwaseong Haenggung Plaza in Suwon, to declare support for the migrant women candidates running from the Democratic Party of Korea for the 8th national local election to be held on June 1st. On this day, organizations such as Korea Immigrant Women Voters Federation (Chairman Lee Kyung-sook) and Jeong Man Cheon Ha-Migrant Women’s Association (co-representative Ahn Ki-hee) with 400,000 members in 8 branches nationwide, which has the largest member of southern Gyeonggi Province. Wang G-na, a candidate in the provisional constituency for the Suwon City Council election (Yeonghwa, Yeonmu, and Jowon 1-dong), and Choi Mi-ja, a candidate for proportional representation in the Boryeong City Council election were also in attendance.  Candidate Wang Gna, who made her first remarks, said, “A society that recognizes and respects diversity is a true community in the global era. In the meantime, we have shouted multiculturalism and talked about diversity in every election, but we have not had any independence. Because of this, the stories of immigrants were not properly reflected in the policy.”  Candidate Wang also said, “Now is the time for immigrants to have an independent mind and show them in action. In the 30-year history of immigrants who came to Korea, there were immigrants who played politics in the central and local areas as proportional representatives, but there were no elected positions. Just as seawater maintains its salty taste with 3% salt, I will challenge myself for an elected office and win without fail.” Candidate Wang finally pledged, “I will be a driving force in promoting multicultural policies that include a value of philosophy of respect for diversity and coexistence.” Choi Mi-ja, president of the Boryeong branch of the Chungnam Multicultural Families Association, who made the second remark, said, “It has been 20 years since I came to Korea, but there are still many migrants living in the yoke of discrimination and hatred around us. “I decided to challenge the proportional representative of Boryeong City in order to help indigenous peoples and immigrants live as equal members and to implement solutions that we felt through our experiences in the past.” Chairman Lee Kyung-sook, who made the last declaration of support, said, “Korea has now become a multicultural society inseparable, but overlapping and formal multicultural policies and budgets are overflowing and they are not being consistently pursued. I hope that more of our immigrants will go out into the political arena that can change our lives.”  Chairman Lee also said, “When there are many immigrant candidates, multicultural families and migrants will be more interested in elections and politics. Through this, children of multicultural families can live in a better world. We ask for your interest and support for the immigrant female candidates.” In Korea, only in local elections, foreigners acquire permanent residency and have the right to vote after three years. Reporter Hasung Song
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    2022-04-13
  • How was Gyeonggi Province's response to infectious diseases targeting undocumented immigrants?
    A policy discussion meeting was held on March 18th in the conference room of the Northern Branch of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly for the ‘Reality and Tasks of Policies to Response to Infectious Diseases Targeting Undocumented Immigrants and Citizens of Gyeonggi-do’. The event, chaired by Gwang-hyeok Yoo, a member of the Health and Welfare Committee of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly, was prepared to address the problems of infectious disease response policies that vary depending on the target and to discuss the ultimate direction for everyone to be safe from infectious diseases. Dongjae Jeong, a research fellow at the Social Integration and Disaster Safety Lab at the Korea Institute of Public Administration and Security, who was responsible for the presentation of the topic, suggested that it is necessary to find a clear solution to the discrimination and exclusion of foreigners residing in Korea and to build a human-centered risk and disaster response system. Oh Kyung-seok, head of the Gyeonggi Foreign Human Rights Support Center, who was the first panelist, introduced cases of genuine mediation to the Diversity Communication Coordination Committee and mentioned the multi-dimensional difficulties experienced by migrants in the Corona situation. He also added that it is necessary to ensure the active participation of migrants and build a community disaster prevention and response safety net where migrants and locals work together to build a universal disaster safety net. Lee Gyeong-ryeol, a local cultural activist, revealed a photo of a scene where foreigners were discriminated against after the spread of Corona 19 and revealed the experience of discrimination as an acquaintance of foreigners. He pointed out that it is difficult to receive support because it is a group that does not officially exist in Korea. Rep. Yoo Kwang-hyuk said, “We need to recognize that it is a concept of a community rather than a frame of one side. We will continue to pay attention to this issue at the Gyeonggi Provincial Council in the future." Reporter Lee Jieun
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    2022-03-23
  • The pre-evaluation of the social integration program has been changed to a computer-based one.
    The Ministry of Justice announced that the computer-based evaluation (CBT), which can be taken at any time in relation to the operation of the pre-evaluation of the social integration program, will be officially operated as follows from March 29, 2022 (Tuesday). The conversion of this pre-evaluation to a computer-based one of the social integration program is expected to be of great help to foreign residents who have been working hard to take this test. In the meantime, the pre-evaluation of the social integration program was made by accessing the website of the Korea Immigration Foundation, but as the number of applicants flocked to it, they could not properly apply, causing great inconvenience to foreign residents. From now on, you can go to the test center at the time and date you want and take a look at the pre-evaluation. Therefore, this is very welcome news for foreign residents who need a pre-evaluation score for the social integration program, such as changing their visa. ○ (Subject to application) Legal foreign residents with alien registration card or residence report ○ (Target test) Pre-evaluation of basic knowledge for social integration program ○ (How to apply) Online application through the evaluation management website (first-come-first-served basis) ○ (Venue) 3rd floor of Gwangmyeong Ace Tower, 1365 Soha-dong, Gwangmyeong-si, Gyeonggi-do (Rooms 304 and 305) ○ (Announcement of results) 2 days after the date of evaluation, from 4 pm, check the website below   ‣ Korea Immigration Foundation evaluation website: kiiptest.org     Social Integration Information Network (Socinet): socinet.go.kr Login – Check your score and level on My Page ※ Please refer to the notice on the evaluation management website (www.kiiptest.org) for specific evaluation operation schedule, timetable, and application method related to computer-based evaluation (CBT). 
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    2022-03-22
  • Korea achieved right democracy through a history of fraudulent elections.
    South Korea will hold the 20th presidential election on March 9. In response, the National Election Commission recently published a document titled ‘Presidential Election with Multicultural Families’ to help multicultural families understand the Korean presidential election. Only migrants who have acquired Korean citizenship can participate in the presidential election. Foreign nationals who have obtained permanent residency for three years can participate in local elections to elect the heads of local governments and local council members. However, only those with Korean nationality can participate in the presidential and parliamentary elections. We have summarized the main schedule of this presidential election and the meaning of the election in Korea. Election Schedule Citizens of 18 years of age or older (up to those born on March 10, 2004) have the right to vote in the March 9 presidential election. This is a right guaranteed by the Constitution. The election campaign period is from February 15 to March 8, and early voting will be held from 6 am to 6 pm every day from March 4 to 5. Early voting is a system that takes into account the possibility that people who have difficulty voting on the day of the 9th Election Day due to personal circumstances can vote at any advance polling place across the country. Those who voted in advance cannot vote again on the same day as the 9th, because they will be notified electronically. On Election Day, March 9, voting will be held from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Voters who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are in quarantine can vote between 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. When voting, you must bring a photo identification such as a resident registration card, passport, or driver's license issued by a public office or public institution. Election History South Korea is constantly working to improve the credibility of the voting process. First, the voting process will be open to the public. The ballot counting observer system is operated, consisting of people selected by political parties and candidates, and general voters, and any citizen can observe the counting process through prior application. The reason Korea is making efforts to transparently manage the election and ballot counting process is because it has a deep history of fraudulent elections. A typical example is the fraudulent election of the March 15th. In 1960, the Liberal Party government committed undemocratic acts such as violently obstructing the registration of candidates or mobilizing public officials to intimidate voters and extort voting rights to extend the 12-year long-running regime. As a result, a large-scale protest demonstration took place in Masan, followed by the April 19 Revolution, in which students centered and the people participated, and the Liberal Party government collapsed. After that, under the Park Chung-hee and Chun Doo-hwan administrations that came to power, there were also fraudulent elections that mobilized public officials. Among them, there were fraudulent elections, such as changing the entire box in which the people voted, double voting, proxy voting, and open voting in which one person votes multiple times. However, whenever an election fraud was announced, the people strongly resisted the government. The government wielded a gun to suppress this, and many people were sacrificed, but the history of the Korean people who have fought against unfair elections has created a transparent and fair election system today. The reason Korea has been able to achieve today's economic development is because it achieved democracy and political stability through a fair electoral system. Reporter Lee Jieun
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    2022-03-04
  • Gyeonggi-do collects 6.1 billion won in tax arrears for foreigners.
    As a result of the operation of a special set-up period for foreign tax arrears in cooperation with 31 cities and counties from August to the end of December last year, Gyeonggi Province collected 6.1 billion won in arrears from 47,203 people. Previously, Gyeonggi Province launched an investigation into 135,000 local tax and non-tax income delinquents and 23 billion won in arrears in order to track foreign delinquents who have difficulty collecting taxes due to non-delivery of bills, unknown residence and lack of information, due to language barriers. In the process, Gyeonggi-do hired 19 people who were proficient in foreign languages, including marriage immigrants, as a delinquency management team for the first time in the country and conducted a survey of 26,120 people. In addition, for the first time in a metropolitan area, insurance for foreign workers (return cost insurance, departure maturity insurance) was seized from 4643 people (worth 325 million won), and real estate and vehicles were seized from 22,654 people (worth 9.5 billion won). Among them, Mr. A, a Chinese living in Osan, read the Chinese guide sent to his place of residence and belatedly aware of the arrears such as resident tax. Afterwards, she paid the full amount of 210,000 won in arrears through the helpline of an interpreter and counselor. Next, Gimpo City had difficulties in collecting when Sri Lankan Mr. B left the country in January 2016 with arrears on automobile tax, etc., but in the insurance details for foreign workers notified by Gyeonggi-do, it was confirmed the unrefunded Departure Guarantee Insurance to Mr. B 3.48 million won. , the city of Gimpo received 2 million won in delinquent automobile tax from the insurance company through seizure and collection. At the same time, Gyeonggi Province determined that the main causes of foreigner arrears were lack of information and a lack of awareness due to language barriers, and distributed 22,000 promotional materials to foreigner shelters to encourage voluntary payment. In addition, Gyeonggi Province's standard foreign language guide was distributed in a total of 210,000 to each city and county. In addition, through cooperation with the Immigration Office, the visa extension restrictions for non-paying foreigners were strengthened, contributing to the enhancement of tax awareness among foreigners. Choi Won-sam, head of the Gyeonggi-do Tax Justice Division, said, "There should be no discrimination between Koreans and foreigners when paying taxes, and we will strive to realize fair value through improvement of tax awareness for foreigners and various collection measures." Among the 140,000 foreigner arrears in Gyeonggi-do, by tax type, 77,000 people (55%) were in arrears in resident tax, followed by 22,000 (16%) in arrears in automobile tax. Reporter Lee Jieun
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    2022-02-28
  • Siheung City, who took the lead in social integration, received a commendation from the Ministry of Justice!
    Siheung City (Mayor Lim Byung-taek) was selected as an excellent institution for the ‘2021 Social Integration Merit’ by the Ministry of Justice and was honored with the Minister of Justice commendation. This award was offered ▷Promoting policy improvement for social integration by operating the Secretariat of the National Multicultural Cities Council 
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    2022-02-17
  • Expand socio economic participation of marriage immigrant women.
      In order to finalize the 3rd Basic Plan for Multicultural Family Policy, the government has decided to carry out a total of 1481 detailed tasks from 18 central administrative agencies and 17 cities and provinces. Support for single-parent families to raise children of single-parent multicultural families and to inspire self-reliance, such as strengthening the case management function of the family center and introducing a 30% deduction for working and business income of working single parents to integrate multicultural families in vulnerable and crisis situations into the social safety net is also strengthened. In addition, it was decided to expand the social and economic participation of marriage immigrants. Specialized vocational education and training that reflects the local job demand and the needs of marriage immigrant women job seekers will be provided to the National Women's New Employment Center, and the function of the Family Center's linkage with specialized employment agencies will be strengthened. In addition, it was decided to increase social acceptance of multiculturalism based on mutual respect. Education for understanding multiculturalism according to life cycle and occupational groups such as infants, adolescents, civil servants, and military personnel is provided, and multicultural education in which marriage immigrants directly work as local activists to visit daycare centers and schools will be expanded. Prime Minister Kim said, “The government should actively review the content discussed at the Multicultural Family Policy Committee today, and work with determination to ensure an equal starting point for school-age children and adolescents of multicultural families and to create a policy environment so that they can grow into next-generation leaders. ” he urged.  
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    2022-02-09
  • I was unfairly fined by the court, but I was told to leave the country.
     I am a foreign worker from Africa working on an E7 visa. In addition to corporate work, I occasionally helped connect Korean trading and export companies with African countries so that they could do business. In the beginning of 2019, a Korean trading and export company sent 15 million won worth of goods to African country A, but the bank of that country went bankrupt, and the person who was supposed to receive the goods did not have money to find the goods.  Then the Korean trade and export company that sent the goods suddenly demanded that I pay the money on my behalf, and sued me for fraud at the police station. I was investigated without being able to hire a lawyer due to lack of money, and when a criminal trial was held, the court appointed a public defender and gave me a trial. I told the public defender that it was unfair, but he said that there could be a fine of 10 million won could come out and thus he advised me to admit to the fraud to reduce the amount of the fine, so I admitted to the fraud and was sentenced to a fine of 3 million won. However, recently, the immigration authorities notified me of not being able to extend my visa and leaving the country based on my history of fines. What should I do?  (1) In this case, the questioner was not a direct contracting party in relation to trade and export, and it seems that there was no benefit obtained from this. It is thought that there was a high possibility that you received a disposition of 'not guilty' at the stage, at the very least, it is regrettable that even at the court level, if you had hired a lawyer who had a good understanding of this field and responded, it is highly likely that you would have been acquitted. (2) In the case of foreigners, if they receive criminal punishment (including fines), they may be protected in a foreigner detention center or subject to forced departure, and due to considerable disadvantages, such as disapproval of permission to change the status of stay or restriction of re-entry into Korea, etc., according to the Immigration Control Act, it is important not to face criminal penalties. However, in the case of foreigners, not only lack of understanding of domestic criminal law, but also because domestic lawyers rarely deal with immigration laws, I know that foreigners are often recommend fines without knowing that they can be deported from Korea. Therefore, in the case of foreigners, when criminal cases become a problem, it seems necessary to hire a lawyer with experience in this field to actively respond. (3) By the time the client came to our law firm, the fine of 3 million won had already been finalized, so we could no longer argue, and we now have an objection to the 'disposition of disallowance of change of status of residence and notice of ‘departure' and 'residence' We are preparing a litigation for cancellation of disposition of disallowance of change of qualifications, etc. -In this case, ‘Law Firm (Yuhan) Min’ consulted with a question recently received by the Papaya Story Life Legal Visa Support Center. This is the subjective opinion of a law firm, and conclusions may vary depending on the facts.
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    2022-02-08
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