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Refugees

Do you know that refugees live in Korea? The Refugee Subcommittee provides legal support to refugee status applicants who fled from their countries due to persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, and political view, and helps them obtain refugee status from the Korean government. The Subcommittee is involved in various legal activities from the refugee status determination phase by the Ministry of Justice to administrative litigation. As of August 2013, the Subcommittee has proceeded with total 74 lawsuits (including applications for refugee status to the Ministry of Justice) and won 22 cases.

Other than providing direct support to individuals, modifying and improving related laws and regulations—and thus changing overall social system—is important. Therefore, the Refugee Subcommittee has been actively participating in improving relevant laws and regulations: The Subcommittee provided legal advice to private task force team on the enactment of the Enforcement Decree of the Refugee Act in 2013, and has been participating in translating the UNHCR Handbook, which is used to determine refugee status, into Korean.

In the area of refugees, close cooperation with relevant civic groups is very important. The Refugee Subcommittee has actively interacted with international organizations including the UNHCR and civic groups including The Refuge pNan and NANCEN, through which the Subcommittee has provided refugees with legal advice. The Refugee Subcommittee invites outside experts including experts in the area of refugees and civic group activists to learn their on-the-spot experience. The Subcommittee also has a “roundtable discussion on refugee litigation” on a regular basis where attorneys in charge of refugee litigation share their experience.
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