Saturday, June 25, 2011

North Korean defectors offered internships in Seoul

Dozens of North Korean defectors will be offered internships at several major companies in an effort to help them find jobs and adapt to life in the South, the Unification Ministry said yesterday.   

Under the program, about 20 North Korean college students and graduates living in the South will work as interns at banks, including HSBC and SC First Bank, and several big European firms. 

A further 20 North Koreans will work at South Korean small and medium-sized companies, it said, adding the interns could receive $740 or more every month. 

In May, the British embassy in Seoul launched a program to provide English-language skills and work experience to North Korean defectors.

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