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The Korean foreign worker admission system

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Frame of Image ue to his lack of skills, it might reduce his productivity and generate inefficiencies compared to hiring a worker who already has the required skills. ○ The “professional” category includes jobs with widely varying duties and skill levels, thereby making it difficult to implement differentiated policies among them. - There has been a lack of differentiation by skill level and labor shortage.  Admission of nonprofessional foreign workers is subject to an annual quota which is determined based on fragmented data on labor shortage and economic conditions. ○ Other indicators that could help assessing the labor market situation as a whole, e.g. employment and wage growth rates, are not being taken into account. ○ Admission of foreign workers is linked with labor shortage which is currently assessed primarily based on employer-reported statistics.
*This Policy Forum is a summary of Yeonsoo Kim, Labor Market Policy for Foreigners and Migrants, Policy Research Series 2012–12, KDI.
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 Reform towards a system that differentiates foreign workers by skill level and determines eligibility based thereon should be of high priority. ○ Employment of nonprofessional foreign workers should be strictly based on demand. ○ The “professional” category of foreign workers, which currently includes a wide range of highly skilled professionals as well as skilled workers, needs to be divided into subcategories according to occupation. At the same time, priority should be given to tho


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Title The Korean foreign worker admission system
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Author(English)

Kim, Yeonsoo

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Seoul:Korea Development Institute

Date 2014-06
Journal Title; Vol./Issue KDI Policy Forum:vol. 255
Pages 11
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language Korean
File Type Documents
Original Format pdf
Subject Social Development < Employment
Holding Korea Development Institute