Friday, January 28, 2011

Public Sector Jobs for North Korean Defectors

Chosun Ilbo reports the South Korean government will set a 1-percent quota for North Korean defectors in administrative assistant jobs at public agencies. The government assumes that about 3,000 North Koreans arrive in South Korea on average every year and have a hard time adapting to their new environment partly due to difficulties finding jobs.

A Ministry of Public Administration and Security spokesman said the government "decided to take the lead in hiring North Korean defectors to raise awareness of them and encourage private companies to follow suit."

The ministry plans to ask former and current public servants to serve as mentors for defectors and give them a training course through which they can develop their skills.

According to the ministry, the total number of defectors is expected to exceed the 30,000 mark in 2013.

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