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New Korean language pre-entry requirement – an obstacle or a facilitator to family reunion?

DalWang92_Korean_Family_Lock_FlickrWritten by Zvezda Vankova, Policy Analyst, Migration Policy Group

On 5th of February the South Korean Ministry of Justice announced that it will introduce a Korean language proficiency and income requirement for family reunion. According to a Ministry official, the reason behind this planned amendment is “preventing situations where people abuse marriage to South Koreans as a way of getting into the country”. MIPEX argues that this type of Korean language pre-entry requirement is more likely to be an obstacle to family reunion than a facilitator, setting slightly unfavourable conditions for spouses to learn Korean language. Continue reading

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