Representative Jasmine Lee, the first Filipina and naturalized Korean to become a ruling Saenuri Party lawmaker, is urging her fellow lawmakers to pass a bill that will safeguard the fundamental rights of undocumented foreign children in South Korea. The bill, which she plans to submit before June, will give unregistered foreign children the right to a public education and govenment health services. As of today, unregistered children are allowed to attend primary and secondary schools, but they cannot avail of national health insurance. Hwang Pil-gyu, a human rights lawyer, also suggested that the children be given exemption from compulsory deportation and be permitted to live with their family in Korea.
To read more, please click the article “Unregistered children need protection” from The Korea Times.