Republic of Korea: Briefing to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women: Women migrant workers' discrimination in employment

Republic of Korea: Briefing to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women: Women migrant workers' discrimination in employment

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Index Number: ASA 25/005/2007
Date Published: 1 July 2007
Categories: Asia And The Pacific, South Korea

This briefing looks primarily at the discrimination against women migrant workers in South Korea. The South Korean National Assembly has, by enacting the Act Concerning the Employment Permit for Migrant Workers (2003 EPS Act), begun a significant attempt to protect the basic rights of migrant workers in South Korea. The Act prohibits discrimination against foreign workers and is intended to give migrant workers legal status and to put an end to human rights abuses against them. However, short-comings in the implementation of the Act reveal that migrant workers, especially women migrant workers, remain a vulnerable community.


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