Refugee Claimants’ Eating Habits

Refugee Applicants’ Meoksanism Korea Center for Migrants and Human Rights Park Jeong-hyeong, Korea Migrant Human Rights Center is mainly used by migrant workers who come under the Employment Permit System. Non-payment of wages, non-payment of severance pay, unfair treatment by employers, industrial accidents, poor working and dormitory conditions, and changes in workplaces are some of the problems faced by migrant workers who came under the Employment Permit System. There are some consultations that are not easy to come across when consulting them. Counseling about family and child rearing. Migrant workers working in so-called ‘simple labor jobs’, which came under the Employment Permit System, do not have the right to family reunification. It is even said that the internal guidelines for immigration control prevent family members from visiting Korea from visiting Korea for sightseeing. If one of the family members is working as a simple laborer in Korea, the visa will not be issued. This is to prevent undocumented stays that may occur. A certain airwave is broadcasting a program in which families of migrant workers visit Korea in search of their fathers from their home countries. In our center, which mainly provided counseling related to ‘labor’ of migrant workers who came under the Employment Permit System, this year, counseling related to family life, such as childbirth, child rearing, and medical care, increased sharply. This is because the number of refugee applicants increased and began to live in the Incheon area. As the war in Syria and the unstable political situation in the Middle East become unsettled, more and more people are coming to a safe country. In addition, due to the characteristics of Arab culture, marriage is early, Many people come with their families or call their families. However, I came to Korea in search of a safe country, but South Korea only allows limited temporary stays for refugee applicants. As I have written several times on this page, asylum seekers cannot purchase local health insurance or receive assistance with childbirth and child rearing from the state. Because there are no stable jobs and no predictable income, they often find it difficult to pay for unexpected maternity and medical expenses. The same goes for raising children. The state pays child support, childcare allowance, and infant school expenses to the children of its citizens. Ironically, after reading the news reports that the childcare fees at childcare institutions have increased on average after the state’s support, these side effects are being felt by migrant families. Without subsidies, it is difficult to afford the expensive childcare fees. Therefore, it is difficult to learn a language while attending kindergarten or daycare and socializing with peers. You will encounter children who are isolated at home without an age-appropriate education. Unstable residential environment is also a problem for these migrants, but there were two consultations in the last month alone saying that the rent was delayed because there was no income, so they could not pay the deposit, so they were kicked out or asked to leave. The fire was quickly put out with a donation from a donor who was doing fundraising activities or asked for it to be used for refugees in need. However, this support is only temporary. Families and children at risk will continue to arise if institutional supplements such as signing up for local health insurance, linking employment support systems, and granting rental housing support qualifications are not prepared. The problem of ‘meksanism’ of the families of refugee applicants that will arise in the future weighs heavily on their shoulders.

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