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S. Korea to admit about 30 refugees under U.N. program

All Headlines 10:13 October 16, 2016

SEOUL, Oct. 16 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean government said Sunday it plans to bring in some 30 refugees from a foreign camp and grant them permanent settlement, in accordance with an U.N. agency program that the country joined last year.

The Ministry of Justice said the government will embrace some 30 refugees now staying in Thailand. They are expected to arrive in South Korea as early as this month.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) resettlement program transfers refugees living in temporary camps in an asylum country to another country that has agreed to admit them. The ministry said it has selected the refugees with the UNHCR's recommendation and conducted its own screening process from June to September to accept them here.

This is the second time that South Korea has decided to bring in refugees from a foreign country under the UNHCR program. Last December, South Korea helped the resettlement of 22 refugees from Myanmar who had been staying at refugee camps in Thailand.

The Myanmar refugees stayed at foreign support centers to learn Korean and to receive job education for about 10 months before they resettled in the Seoul metropolitan area last month, the ministry added.

There are about 30 countries participating in the UNHCR program, including the United States, Australia and Japan.

In this file photo taken on Dec. 22, 2015, refugees from Myanmar wave to reporters as they arrive at Incheon International Airport in Incheon for resettlement. (Yonhap)

kdon@yna.co.kr
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