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June 1999, Volume 6, Number 6

South Korea: Foreigners' Voting Rights

South Korea is studying a plan to grant voting rights to foreign residents, including Koreans who live in Japan and those who have become Japanese citizens. South Korea's president called on the Japanese government to establish a reciprocal plan, which prompted Japan's prime minister to pledge to study voting rights in local elections for foreigners with permanent residence.

The Seoul government announced May as amnesty month for illegal workers, in part to have illegal foreign workers replaced with Korean nationals. The Philippine Embassy is Seoul reported that there about 7,000 Filipino workers in Korea.


Sachie Tsuhata and Aya Igarashi, "Debate simmers over voting rights for foreigners," Daily Yomiuri, May 5, 1998.