Tuesday, October 11, 2005

The Foreign Teacher Crackdown Continues

I don't wanna talk and
I ain't tryna wanna fight with ya man
Tryna get it over quick
Leave you right where you stand
First it was Forand, now this:
Via Mobylekyle:
Canadian teachers caught in S. Korean crackdown
Monday, October 10, 2005 Page A1
With a report from Unnati Gandhi

Nearly 50 English teachers from Canada have been detained, deported or investigated on allegations of visa fraud in South Korea, a country seeking to purge itself of young Westerners increasingly regarded as unqualified, unruly and unwelcome.

Long a magnet for foreigners drawn to working overseas, Korea has arrested hundreds of them in the past couple of weeks. Immigration officials have been rounding up dozens of teachers at their homes, work, or at the airports.
When I was in Japan, I honestly forgot about getting my alien registration (gaijin card) for a super long time and could have easily been picked up and thrown in jail. I was more than a little anxious around the Japanese police. And as a rule I didn't answer the door. This must be pure terror being picked up by these jokers.

You shouldn't lie and cheat to get into the country, though. The recruiters should be held equally as responsible.... Aren't there enough indebted students on campuses all over Canada, willing to go to Korea to make some cash?


mobylekyle said...

I worked in Korea and was treated very well by my Korean colleagues while I was there. However I don't feel this gives the S. Korean government the right to place our citizens under arrest. If their identification is not valid and their actions are fraudulent, they should be returned to Canada for a trail. We have a strong relationship with S. Korea built on trust and respect, this relationship is strained when S. Korean government begins to violate the rights and freedoms of our people.

Shaun said...

First from the article:

"Ontario MP Dan McTeague, the parliamentary secretary for Canadians abroad, said the Canadian consulate knows where the detainees are being held and they aren’t being treated poorly."

So... human rights are not being violated according to those in the know.

Second.. "I don't feel this gives the S. Korean government the right to place our citizens under arrest." Yah.. that sounds good. Imagine the chaos if that was adhered to. The laws are there and if you break them know the risks.. if you choose to ignore them.. the penalties are there. Makes sense to me.

Shamrocks! said...


McTeague didn't say their rights weren't infringed, he just said they weren't treated "badly". If somebody is thrown in jail, their rights have been taken away, it's just a matter of it being justified or not.

In this case the question is: does working in another country with the wrong credentials mean jail time?

It's ridiculous. Some of the people picked up were on their way out of the country. It's sounds less like "enforcing the law" and more like persecuting politically vulnerable foreigners.