South Korea eyes migrant workers as it opens up immigration to combat population woes

Minister of Employment and Labour Lee Jung-sik (far left) talking to two Cambodian migrant workers in Seoul, on Jan 31, 2023. PHOTO: SOUTH KOREA'S MINISTRY OF EMPLOYMENT AND LABOUR
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SEOUL – South Korea is set to bring in a record-high 110,000 migrant workers in 2023 to ease the country’s labour shortage, as it opens up its immigration policy to combat population woes.

This will mark an increase of 41,000 workers compared with 2022, to plug gaps in low-wage jobs shunned by young Koreans.

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