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Evaluation on the Three Year Implementation of Korea's Employment Permit System(EPS)

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1한국기술교육대학교

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ABSTRACT

This paper shows that Korea's EPS for foreign labor has improved in transparency and fairness in recruiting migrant workers and their immigration process. The fee for coming into Korea under EPS has reduced to one third compared with former industrial training system. There is almost no wage differential between local and migrant workers considering labor productivity gap. Protecting basic human rights for migrant workers has greatly improved as well. In spite of such a big success, Korea's EPS leaves something to be developed. About 190 thousand irregular migrant workers, which are almost same number of people just before Korea introduced EPS in 2004, are still working in Korea. This means that Korea has not successfully reduced irregular migrants even after introducing EPS. Migrant workers began to slightly deteriorate wages and working conditions in some industries such as construction sector. There is no systematic instruments for preventing small and medium sized firms that demand low skilled migrant workers from delaying industrial reconstruction by depending on foreign labor. Thus Kora has to develop efficient measures for overcoming those challenges.

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