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Multicultural Families and Foreigner Support Services

The Korean government and private organizations have continued to work to support multiculturalfamilies and foreigners in Korea by providing various services such as Korean language education,Korean culture education, counseling, and more. These services are particularly useful for those whohave just arrived in Korea, and may have difficulty in communicating and maintaining relationshipswith Korean people due to their unfamiliarity with Korean culture.

01 Korean Language Education

For foreign residents, learning Korean is essential to successfully settling in Korea and gaining a betterunderstanding of Korean culture. Fortunately, there are many organizations in Korea that provideopportunities for foreign residents to learn Korean free of charge. Multicultural Family Support Centers,the Korea Migrants' Center, and Korean Language School are a few of the leading organizations thatprovide Korean language education for foreign residents.

02 Education on Korean Culture and Life in Korea

A wide variety of educational programs on Korean culture and life in Korea are available to helpforeign residents overcome difficulties that may arise from lifestyle and cultural differences. There arelectures and experience programs dedicated to education on multicultural understanding, law, humanrights, marriage, family and adaptation to Korean society

03 ICT Education

Most Korean households use PCs, and Korea has a highly advanced Internet network. Users can obtainrich information using the Internet, and enjoy the convenience of various online services, such as Internetbanking and administrative services. As such, many organizations, including the Multicultural FamilySupport Centers and the Korea Migrants' Center, operate ICT education programs to enable foreignresidents to learn how to search for information through the Internet and use diverse applications.

04 Counseling

Counseling services aim to help foreign residents that are experiencing difficulties in Korea by providingthem with the advice and information needed to find a workable solution. Areas of expertise includefamily affairs, labor, residence, and law.

  • Headhunting, startup supports, and interpretation & translation services are provided and can be accessedby reviewing the following support organizations and visiting an appropriate center for inquiry.
  • For more information on how to use the service, see the next page 'Multicultural Families and ForeignerSupport Organizations'.

05 Prevention of Violence against Immigrant Women

  • Counseling in Korean, Emergency call for women☎1366
  • Counseling in Foreign languages, Danuri Helpline☎1577-1366
Guide to Immigrant Women Who Are Victims of Violence
Shelter for immigrant victims of violence (28 sites nationwide)
  • Provides temporary protection, counseling, medical services, and legal advices to immigrant women (and their children) who are victims of violence
  • Facilities closed to public where you can be admitted with initial counseling at 1577-1366, 1366, police station, etc.
Group home for victimized immigrant women (4 sites nationwide)
  • Provides housing for immigrant women who are victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, or sex trafficking
  • Granted priority to public rental housing
Center for self-support of victimized immigrant women (1 site in Seoul)
  • Provides resources for self-support of immigrant women and children who are victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, or sex trafficking
  • Education and training for vocational skills, job placement, etc.
Counseling center for victimized immigrant women (9 sites nationwide)
  • Provides counseling and interpretation services to immigrant women who are victims of violence and their children
Sunflower Center (Crisis Intervention Center for Women and Children)
  • Provides services including counseling, medical, legal, and investigation to victims of sexual violence, domestic violence, and sex trafficking (24 hours everyday)
  • Assists to cope from the violent situation
Counseling centers for victims of sexual violence and sex trafficking
  • Provides continuous counseling and free legal services
  • Assistance during police investigations and witness testimony in court
  • Referral to medical centers and local shelters for victims
Korea Legal Aid Corporation
  • Provides legal advice to victims of violence, represents for criminal, civil and domestic litigations or lawsuit
What is violence targeting immigrant women?
1Physical violence
  • Using physical strength to another person cause injury or harm
  • Pushing, hitting, using a weapon or a knife
2Verbal/emotional violence
  • Offending another person with words, causing emotional harm
  • Abusive language, swearing, reproaching, mockery, ignorance, disregard, etc.
3Sexual violence
  • Forced sexual contact despite the other party’s unwillingness to have sexual relationship
  • Forced sexual intercourse, forced sterilization, abortion, date rape, digital (cyber) sexual violence
4Financial abuse
  • The spouse in charge of finance not allowing the other the access to economic resources
  • Monitoring and controlling one’s income, preventing one from getting a job, not paying living expenses

Emergency call for women in Korean☎1366

Counseling in foreign languages Danuri Helpline☎1577-1366

Report to Police☎112

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