ASIAN WORKERS NEWS February 3, 2013
<The Second Migrant Policy> : Concern about the Stronger Crackdown on Undocumented Migrants
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I want to work continuously in Korea
February 3, 2013
and the Immigration office hurriedly deported him to Mongolia despite that his parents live in Korea
Kim Min-jeong (Asia Chang*)
and human rights groups protested. His mom and
*Center for Migrants' rights in Gunpo-si, Kyounggi-do
teacher could do nothing but to say goodbye to him outside the bus window.
At this moment, Minu lives at his aunt's house in Mongolia. He is not good in Mongolian because he lived in Korea before going to elementary school. And
homeland. Now he is at the age of going to university, but he can not expect positively because he is not good at speaking in Mongolian. Still, he studies all night. Though his Mongolian proficiency is that of an elementary school student, he has no other choice for his future.
In Korea at least 7,000 up to 15,000 are Photo from Hankyoreh
Minu was a first grade high school student who
was born in Mongolia but spoke in Korean better
government ratified the UN Convention on the Rights
than in Mongolian because he lived in Korea for ten
happened to him. Minu was walking down a street
regardless of his parent's status. However, it has not
with his Mongolian friends in Seoul when they hit
been abided by. The government is aware of the
shoulders of Korean high school students passing by.
existence of undocumented migrant children, though,
A word â€œMongol Saekkiâ€? triggered a fight and he
he has not prepared any legal grounds for these
was brought to a police station.
children's rights to be practically guaranteed in Korea.
Korean students testified that Minu was not
The police sent Minu to the Immigration office
engaged in fighting. However, he was forced to stay
only for the reason that he is undocumented even
in the police station until other Mongolian friends
though he is a minor. The Office did not consider
who ran away come.
Police held a minor without a
on how their action would affect a minor's life
reason. Police promised Minu that they would send
when they deported him. It is not late yet. Since
him home if he helps them to interpret for his
Minu's case is a clear example of invading a
friends even though police knew that he is an
minor's human rights, he should be returned to
Korea and go to school again. And the government
police said. However, the next morning police sent
should prepare a measure to prevent any similar
him to an Immigration office even though it was
case in the future. AWN
clear that he did not illegally work by reason of his undocumented status despite he is a minor.
He was regretful for not listening to his mom to come back home early. He cried in a bus to the Immigration office wishing the bus was bound for home. The Immigration office grilled him about signing documents, reading
protection orders were given to him. Therefore, he was sent to a foreigner detention center like a prison,
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