Friday, April 13, 2007

Illegal Immigrants from Mongolia Save Lives in Korea

News from Digital Chosunilbo, a Korean online newspaper
Four illegal Mongolian migrant workers who rescued 11 people from a fire in Sindorim-dong, Seoul last month will be allowed to stay in Korea, the Justice Ministry said Thursday. It is first case where foreigners have been permitted to stay in recognition of a contribution to Korean society under a new regulation in the immigration laws. The four will now have access to hospitals and get a legal job. The ministry said the four “deserve the permission considering their toil and sacrifice."

Some people have written into to Chosun, arguing that seeing as they have saved 11 people's lives, they should be given Permanent Resident status in Korea. South Korea currently has the largest population of illegal Mongolian workers. In fact, it may have the largest population of Mongolian citizens outside of Mongolia, some 28,000 to 30,000. Some legal and some illegal.