Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Canadian teachers caught in S. Korean crackdown


Canadian teachers with fraudulent credentials in S. Korea should not be detained by the Korean Jail system. The S. Korean government has every right to withdraw these violators visas and oblige these aliens to leave the country immediately, however our citizens should not be detained in this situation. Our people enter S. Korea to contribute to the state's society and will not be a burden on it. S. Korea should crackdown on the recruiters who do not adequately screen ESL teaching applicants rather than violating the rights and freedoms of our citizens. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, promulgated by the United Nations in 1948, states that "everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country."


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10:07 PM  
Blogger Gord said...

I don't understand the fuss. These people all knew the law when they started teaching illegally; or, at least, they knew the laws about teaching without a work visa soon after. Anyone who thinks you can live in a foreign country and risk breaking the law -- immigration law, no less -- without risk is a fool.

And this is not directed at Canadians, just at fools. Since a large number of foreigners in Korea are fools, the percentage of Canadian fools is higher. (I am a Canadian, by the way.)

As for them being detained, I'm sure it's just that nobody prepared for this. I can hardly see the government wanting to keep these people and then have to feed and clothe and house them in prison. But you know, in a system where one or two people are deported occasionally, suddenly a bunch of people are being processed. This hardly surprises me.

My thoughts:


4:25 PM  
Blogger Gord said...

Wait, I overstated it when I said fools. Maybe that's unfair. I know plenty of non-fools do privates too. But it's all about the fact that they took risks, and they got caught.

I do, however, have sympathy for the poor schmuck first-timers whose bosses just never got them work visas. It is hard to deal with the immigration department unless someone helps. I know this from experience, though, which tells you something: it can be done.

4:27 PM  
Blogger mobylekyle said...

Gord's write up on this situation available at his website is very well written. I'd recommend everyone read it. I will not go into depth on the morality of teaching ESL overseas without proper credentials. I too was an ESL teacher in Korea, I feel the children deserve far better than the standard instructor they receive.

I also believe our citizens deserve to be extradited immediately, under the circumstances of their sentence Gord I hope you don't feel they should receive a long jail sentence in Korea. Being a Foreigner in Korea can be difficult at times, being a Foreigner in a Korean Jail would be a sentence I would not wish upon any of our citizens. If you know plenty of non-fools teaching privates, you know there is always a threat these teachers could be thrown in jail also.

8:38 AM  
Blogger Gord said...

Actually, mobylekyle, I remember reports from not long ago stating that foreigner inmates in Korean prisons were reporting to NGOs that they received significantly better treatment than Korean inmates: nicer food, better treatment personally, and so on. This was in the press for a day or so before it dropped down the memory, if I recall right. You can search Marmot's for the story, I'm sure.

Not that I'd want to go to a Korean prison, and not that I think these people necessarily deserve that. But you know, obtaining residency in a foreign country using false legal documents, defrauding the pension system, and evading tax are, well, all pretty serious in most countries. A nice friendly, "You screwed us, now it's time to go home," without a fine or any other kind of punishment is a bit much to expect.

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