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More than 3,000 Kyrgyzstanis leave country to work in Korea for 10 years

From 2008 to 2018, at least 3,031 citizens of Kyrgyzstan left the country to work in South Korea. Director of the Information and Consultation Center under the State Migration Service, Baktiyar Tolonov, told at a press conference.

According to him, the governments of Kyrgyzstan and South Korea signed a memorandum of understanding in 2007. Since then, the document has been updated four times. During this time, 12 Korean language tests have been conducted. About 15,044 people took part in them.

Within the framework of the memorandum, the provisions of the laws on labor standards, labor protection and minimum wages are applied to citizens of Kyrgyzstan working in Korea. Insurance against accidents at work and outside it, guaranteed and medical insurance are provided.

«The required age for those who want to work in Korea is from 18 to 39 years. They need to pass Korean language test, and they should not have a history of stay in Korea with E-9 and E-10 visas in total for more than five years. In addition, one of the conditions is the successful passage of a medical examination, the absence of a criminal record and deportation from Korea. The Korean language test is carried out once a year. According to its results, a person is included into a special register from which employers can choose their employees,» said Nagima Ashimbekova, leading specialist at the Information and Consultation Center under the State Migration Service.

As she said, Kyrgyzstan employed its citizens only in the sphere of production — at factories and plants. The minimum wage is set at $ 1,200.