Justice minister’s immigration vision clashes with South Korea’s reality
Recent government decisions and societal trends counter Justice Minister Han Dong-hoon’s immigration plans
South Korean Justice Minister Han Dong-hoon, attending a ruling party policy meeting for the first time on Dec. 6, 2023, emphasized the need for an immigration policy to avoid a national demographic crisis. Han argued that the time for debating the implementation of such a policy has passed, warning that without it, the nation faces inevitable demise due to population decline. He highlighted the need to establish a provisional Immigration and Naturalization Service as a key measure for systematic management and control of immigration.
Han also addressed the limitations of solely relying on birth rate policies to prevent demographic disasters. He clarified that the proposed immigration policy would focus on selectively admitting necessary talent, ensuring stricter control against undocumented immigrants. Additionally, Han stressed the need for reforms in the voting rights of foreign residents in local elections and the refugee system.
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