Is South Korea shirking its responsibilities to refugees?

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Is South Korea shirking its responsibilities to refugees?


It is the responsibility of countries to offer safe and humane treatment to asylum seekers driven out by conflict in their countries of origin.
Countries such as South Africa, the United States, Kenya and France recognized from 30,700 to 205,000 refugees in 2006 alone.

But Korea has accepted only a total of 76 refugees - ever.

Where are the refugees? Korea is a peninsula surrounded mainly by oceans, with one border shared with North Korea, where military tension with the South is still a threat. Therefore, diasporas through borders of neighboring countries have not been a common phenomenon on the Korean Peninsula; only people who can enter Korea by plane or ship are able to seek asylum. Nevertheless, there are thousands who do make it here successfully, only to be defeated by the system.

Even after the asylum seekers manage to enter Korea, they are faced with more obstacles once they enter the country.

The time and efforts required of the asylum seekers to be recognized as refugees by the Korean government are extreme. According to a survey conducted in 2004 by Korean NGOs, 73.1 percent of the interviewers - recognized refugees and applicants for refugee status - waited more than one year to be admitted as refugees, and 17.9 percent of them are still waiting for the decision after four to five years.

The time the Korean system requires for the refugee-recognition process can have detrimental effects on certain categories of people. When the National Human Rights Commission visited an immigration detention center to conduct a survey regarding the treatment of detainees in 2007, I met a young man from Ghana.

He had applied for refugee status in 2006 after being detained. Because being a refugee applicant was not a sufficient reason to be released from the immigration detention center - when one had applied for it after being detained - he was awaiting the decision under detention.

When I went to the same detention center to investigate a separate case in the spring of 2008, he was still there struggling to be granted refugee status. After two years in jail, he was finally accepted as a refugee and released from the detention center this June.

When an asylum seeker finally is accepted as a refugee by the government, his or her struggle is not even half over. The labors of daily life and integration have only begun. The major difficulties for refugees are a lack of access to settlement information, welfare protection and social understanding, among others.

The situation is even worse for people who are still struggling in the refugee-recognition process, or people under humanitarian status, who failed to be admitted as refugees but who are granted temporary stay because of the hostile situation in their home countries. I had a chance to learn about a family from Cote d`Ivoire with refugee status who had children of elementary school age. However, the parents were unable to send the children to school because the school told them that it was not ready for their children.

Presumably, society in general is not ready to embrace refugees and some or all categories of migrants. Here are some suggestions to address this issue:

To protect the human rights of asylum seekers, including refugees, and to enhance their integration into society, the government has to set up carefully structured systems and programs for newcomers.

Public education has to be redesigned to help not only the refugees but all migrants. The social security system, especially health care, should be extended to asylum seekers and people with humanitarian status.

The public should be educated about the situation of asylum seekers. A campaign to integrate people from other countries or different ethnic backgrounds into our society should be undertaken.

Most importantly, our concept that dealing with refugees is an option must be jettisoned. Protecting refugees and asylum seekers is not an option. It should not be considered charity.

Humane treatment of refugees is the responsibility of every country.

Susan Kim is an Investigator of the Migration & Human Rights Team at the National Human Rights Commission. Before working as an investigator from 2002-2005, she worked for the International Affairs Division at the Commission. She holds an M.A. in Area Studies from the Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University and a B.A. in French from Paichai University. The opinions expressed here in no way reflect those of The Korea Herald. - Ed.

By Susan Kim



2008.09.11

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My Brain Sex ID

2008.09.02 18:32

BBC 에 심리테스트들이 많이 올라와 있어서 그중에 하나를 해보았다. 제목부터 신기한 What sex is your brain?

내 결과는 .... BBC_-_Science___Nature_-_Sex_ID.pdf ㅎㅎㅎ 완전 남자인가보다. 생각보다 좀 더 심하게 나왔네..

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요기 재미난 것들이 많으니 한번씩들 해보세요 ~~

 

BBC

Surveys and Psychology Tests

 

Explore your memory Explore your memory
Stretch your memory with fun challenges designed by experts. Duration: 20 minutes
Art and personality Art and personality
Is there a connection between your personality type and the art that you like? Duration: 15 minutes
Sex ID What sex is your brain?
Take the Sex ID test and find out more about 'brain sex' differences. Duration: 20 minutes
Do you see what I see? Do you see what I see? - Sagiv and Ward, UCL
Is Wednesday red? Take part in our experiment to test whether your senses overlap. Requires Flash 5
Duration: 10 minutes
Do you hear what I hear? Do you hear what I hear? - Sagiv and Ward, UCL
Do melodies have a colour? Take part in our experiment to test whether you hear colours. Requires Flash 5
Duration: 10 minutes
The 'What am I like?' personality test The 'What am I like?' personality test
A test where you discover if you are a Big Thinker, an Idealist or another of 16 personality types.
Duration: 10 minutes
Eggs in human mouth Disgust - Dr Valerie Curtis
What makes you squirm and say "yuck"? Test your sensitivity to disgust.
Duration: 10 minutes
Friendly smile Spot the fake smile - Prof Paul Ekman
Can you tell a real smile from a fake one? Requires Flash 6.
Duration: 10 minutes
Shopping list Memory training
Try to improve your recall using World memory champion Andi Bell's technique. Requires Flash 5.
Duration: 5-10 minutes
Changing faces Face perception - Prof David Perrett
Can you guess someone's personality from their face?
Duration: 1st Experiment - 12 minutes
Duration: 2nd Experiment - 5 minutes
Brain scan Personality - Neil Scott
Who do you think you are? This psychology test scores you on five aspects of your personality.
Duration: 15 minutes
Scales of justice Morals - Dr Keith Coaley
Are you a pillar of society, or do you look after number one? Find out how moral you are.
Duration: 12 minutes
Lovers kiss Lonely hearts - Prof Robin Dunbar
Make your lonely hearts advert to reveal the hidden message of attraction.
Duration: 2 minutes
Pile of money Millionaire - Sharon Maxwell Magnus.
Have you got what it takes to get to the top of the pile and stay there?
Duration: 1st test - 4 minutes
Duration: 2nd test - 2 minutes
Judge Careers - Neil Scott
What style of work suits your personality?
Duration: 10 minutes
Thrill-seeker Sensation seeking - Prof Marvin Zuckerman
Find out if you're a thrill-seeker in this classic psychological test.
Duration: 12 minutes
Clutch of cards Self-control - Paul Rincon
Are you a slave to your habits? Test your self-control against the rest of the nation.
Duration: 7 minutes
Lipstick Perfectionism - Dr Randy Frost
Do your friends tell you you're fussy and meticulous? Find out if you're a perfectionist.
Duration: 10 minutes
Sybols of attraction Adultery - Dr Glenn Wilson
Are you at risk of having an affair?
Duration: 10 minutes
Nose Sniffing the decades - Dr Alan Hirsch
Can scientists predict your childhood decade from the smells you find nostalgic?
Duration: 3 minutes
Necker cube Necker cube - Dr Peter Naish
Do your friends tell you you're fussy and meticulous? Find out if you're a perfectionist.
Duration: 10 minutes

 

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루비 여섯번째 세미나와 발표자료

2008.09.02 16:24

여섯번째 루비 세미나가 지난 토요일 (6.28)에 있었다. 세미나 참여신청 관련 페이지를 보더라도 열기가 사전부터 대단했다는 것을 알 수 있다. 어느새 이렇게 커졌는지 왠지 자식이 커가는 느낌이랄까?

항상 이런 세미나를 하고 나면 가슴속에 무언가 남는 것이 있다. 이번에도 많은 분들이 세미나 준비 및 발표에 많은 기여를 해준 덕분에 훌륭하게 치러진 것 같다. 새로운 분들을 만나서 열정을 전달받고 나니 왠지 나까지 힘이 나는 느낌이다. 현장 내용은 동영상으로 촬영 되었으니 (공식 블로그는 여기) 에서 공유되지 않을까 싶다 - 힘내요 험브롤!

언제나 그렇 듯이 감각적인 발표가 인상적인데 이번에도 짧은 시간이지만 새로운 시도들이 보여서 신선했고, 정말 멋진 스타트업 기업들이 나와서 자신들의 서비스를 자랑스레 소개하는 것을 보면서 많은 에너지를 전달받을 수 있어서 더욱 더 좋았던 것 같다. (파프리카랩, 스토리큐). 왠지 스토리큐는 이제 루비 세미나 공식 프리젠테이션 자료 공유 툴이 되는 분위기 ^^;; 두 회사에서 만드는 서비스는 모두 "레일스" 로 작성되었다.

 

너무나 많은 분들이 고생해 주셔서 다 언급해드리진 못하고 공식 블로그뜨거운루비, 커뮤니티 등에서 다양한 많은 분들의 소식을 접해보면 좋겠다.

 

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발표 자료라고 하긴 좀 쑥쓰런 면이 있지만, 사실 여기에 나오는 이미지 중에 원치 않으신 분들도 나온다 (사전에 양해 안구하고 썻어요. 쏘리 성관님, 수용님, 세현... 워낙 세 사람이 한꺼번에 나온 사진이 맘에 들어서 이해해 주실~~꺼죠)

 

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