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Providing legal information in various languages

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By Lee Kang-seop

The number of foreigners living in Korea, such as marriage immigrants, foreign workers and students, stands at about 2.5 million and they account for 5 percent of Korea's total population. Even though the government and civic groups have provided various supports to those foreigners who are unfamiliar with the Korean language and way of doing things, it is not easy for them to adapt to the different culture, laws and systems.

Moreover, it is true that they have difficulty in accessing the necessary information when they have to deal with various legal issues.

When COVID-19 cases spiked, I heard that foreign workers were reluctant to visit medical institutions for a virus test due to concerns of costs and a possible refusal to extend their stay in Korea, even though they had possible symptoms.

However, the government decided to cover testing expenses and extend registered foreigners' stay by three months by........

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