A seasonal foreigner employment system has been introduced on a trial basis to resolve labor shortages in rural areas. One local government has hired members of multicultural families as seasonal workers. We’ll take you there now.
This Vietnamese woman is busily pruning apple trees. The owner of the orchard she is working at is none other than her own sister who came to Korea to marry.
[Soundbite] Seasonal Worker from Vietnam : “I’m so happy to see my sister in Korea and also happy to be of help to her.”
This woman whose daughter also married a Korean man ten years ago has visited Korea. During the day, she works at a nearby farm and at night, she spends quality time with her reunited daughter.
[Soundbite] Seasonal Worker from Vietnam : “I’m visiting Korea for the first time since my daughter got married here 10 years ago. It’s good to see her living well.”
The government is operating, on a trial basis, a seasonal foreigner employment system in four areas with the aim to tackle labor shortages during farming seasons in rural areas. Under the program, foreign workers receive wages as they work at Korean farms under a short-term 90-day work visa. The county of Boeun in particular has selected family members of foreign immigrant women as seasonal workers. Multicultural families are highly satisfied with the new hiring rule.
[Soundbite] Marriage Immigrant from Vietnam : “I want to go see the ocean with my sister. Now if I have time, I’d like to travel with her.”
More considerate government policies help to not only address labor shortage concerns in farming areas but also create great memories for families of foreign women married and residing in Korea.