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Lessons from Korea’s employment permit system

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What is Korea’s EPS?
• Bilateral Labor Agreement (BLA) between Korea and 16 Asian countries
BLAs promote institutionalized management of temporary labor mobility
• Pre determined number of workers • For workers --- not about immigrants or refugees • Pre determined duration • Employment terms • Seasonal vs. nonseasonal
• Formal labor treaty vs. MOUs • G2G vs. private sector involvement
• Mutually beneficial economic gains
What is Korea’s EPS?
• • • • • Bilateral Labor Agreement (BLA) between Korea and 16 Asian countries Non-seasonal guest worker program Based on the Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs) Temporary worker program (without immigration/settlement) Currently addressing labor shortages in SMEs for a few select sectors (e.g., manufacturing, agriculture, fishery) Evolved from an “Industry Training System (ITS)” to an EPS in 2004
• • • With recognition of issues such as worker protection Migration costs due to middlemen Overstay of workers
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Features of EPS
• Strong & elaborate institutional arrangement to manage the program and balance domestic political economy
• • • Multi-stakeholder policy making, but a single agency led implementation No private middlemen Utilizing existing infrastructure for both domestic and foreign workers
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Ministry of Employment and Labor (MoEL)
Foreign Workforce Policy Committee
Ministry of Justice (MoJ) Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) Ministry of Strategy and Finance (MoSF) Ministry of Tr


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Title Lessons from Korea’s employment permit system
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Material Type Proceedings
Author(English)

Cho, Yoonyoung; Denisova, Anastasiya; Yi, Soonhwa; Khadka, Upasana

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[Sejong] : KDI School of Public Policy and Management

Date 2018-12
Event [WB-KDI School International conference] The Changing Nature of Work: Are We Ready?
Pages 16
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
File Type Documents
Original Format pptx
Subject Social Development < General
Social Development < Employment
Holding KDI School
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