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Ministry reaches foreign worker quota

January 1, 2009

The Labor Ministry said yesterday it would temporarily halt issuing work permits to foreign manual laborers until February of next year as their quota for this year, set at 72,000, has been fulfilled.This is the first time for the government to limit foreign workers from entering Korea based on the quota since the Employment Permit System was introduced in August 2004.

The quota for foreign laborers has been increasing every year from 34,750 in 2006 to 49,600 in 2007 and to 72,000 this year.  Click Here to Read the Full Story

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