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16 Nov 2018 description

By Arnold Fang, East Asia Researcher

Autumn has arrived in the beautiful island of Jeju, a popular holiday destination for people across East Asia. As harvests of its famous mandarin oranges hit the street markets, hundreds of Yemenis who arrived in Jeju earlier this year are receiving the results of their applications for refugee status.

09 Nov 2018 description
  1. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs held the 3rd annual policy consultation with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Seoul on November 8. The delegations of the Republic of Korea and OCHA to the consultation were led by Director-General for Development Cooperation of the Foreign Ministry Oh Hyun-joo and Assistant Secretary-General Ursula Mueller, respectively.

※ Previous annual policy consultations between the ROK and OCHA: 1st consultation (November 2015, New York), and 2nd consultation (November 2017, New York)

24 Oct 2018 description
  1. Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha met with UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi on October 23, during which the two sides exchanged views on the refugee situations in Asia and the global community and discussed ways that the Republic of Korea and the UNHCR could work more closely together.

07 Sep 2018 description

By Hiroka Shoji, East Asia Researcher

Every year, millions of people travel to beautiful Jeju Island, a popular tourist spot off the southern coast of South Korea. Among this year’s visitors were several hundred people from Yemen, including some children.

But these Yemenis were unlike most who arrive at this picturesque island, for they had come seeking sanctuary, rather than sunshine.

23 Aug 2018 description


23 Aug 2018 description
  • Tropical Cyclone SOULIK is slightly weakening as it moves north-east over the Yellow Sea toward the western coast of South Korea and Jeju Island. On 23 August at 0.00 UTC its centre was located 200 km south-west of Jindo Island, with maximum sustained winds speed of 176km/h. Over the next 24 hours, it is forecast to make landfall as a tropical storm over or close to Seocheon-gun city (Chungcheongnam-do province, South Korea). It may continue crossing the provinces of Gyeonggi-do and Gangwon-do (South Korea), reaching the Japan Sea on the morning of 24 August UTC.

21 Aug 2018 description
report JoongAng Daily

Typhoon Soulik is expected to hit Mokpo, South Jeolla, around Thursday, bringing with it heavy rain and storms that may cause severe damage.

This will be the first time in six years that a typhoon will hit Korea.

The Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) said at 9 a.m. Monday that the typhoon is passing over the sea southeast of Kagoshima, Japan, and is approaching the Korean Peninsula from below. By Wednesday morning, the medium-sized typhoon is expected to approach Seogwipo, Jeju Island. Its top wind speed is projected to be 87.2 miles per hour.

12 Jul 2018 description
report The Guardian

By Benjamin Haas in Jeju, South Korea

Influx of refugees from Yemen divides South Korean resort island

Hamza al-Odaini had two paths before him after he graduated from secondary school in Yemen: be forced to pick up a gun and fight in the civil war now in its fourth year, or flee the country.

Read more on the Guardian

03 Jul 2018 description

As a network committed to the advancement of refugee rights, the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) urges the Korean Government to protect the more than 500 Yemeni individuals currently seeking asylum on Jeju Island, South Korea. In addition, APRRN is alarmed by several reports coming out of South Korea regarding a national xenophobic backlash, expressed with bitter hostility through an online campaign that calls for the expulsion of refugees.

28 Feb 2018 description


United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest international humanitarian organization and the UN's frontline agency for fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience.

In a world where one in nine people worldwide still suffer from hunger, the international community has committed to end hunger and achieve food security by the year 2030, as mentioned in Goal 2 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

21 Nov 2017 description

Seoul – With an estimated 65 million people forcibly displaced worldwide due to conflicts and natural disasters, humanitarian workers from the Republic of Korea (ROK) are increasingly being deployed for the first time to work in emergencies overseas.

“Today, there are now about 900 Korean aid workers involved in humanitarian assistance overseas,” said IOM ROK Head of Office Miah Park. “In order to be effective, they need to fully understand the basic principles of international protection as they relate to affected populations.”

06 Sep 2017 description

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency yesterday (05/09) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Chungcheongnam-do Provincial Government of the Republic of Korea (CPG). The agreement was signed by IOM Deputy Director General Laura Thompson and An Heejung, Governor of CPG, and aims to enhance knowledge sharing on integration and inclusion of migrants in the province.

23 Jun 2017 description

Republic of Korea – The UN Migration Agency (IOM) and the Republic of Korea (ROK) Ministry of Public Safety and Security have organized a series of disaster preparedness trainings for migrants living in seven Korean cities. The trainings, which took place between 13 and 21 June, attracted over 230 participants.

23 Apr 2017 description


  • Paddy production in 2017 foreseen to decrease slightly, mainly on anticipation of area cuts

  • Cereal imports in 2016/17 forecast to increase slightly from last year’s high level

Paddy production in 2017 foreseen to decrease slightly, on anticipation of area cuts

03 Dec 2016 description


  • Rice production decreased slightly in 2016

  • Cereal imports in 2016/17 forecast to increase slightly from last year’s high level

Rice production decreased slightly in 2016

25 Nov 2016 description

Republic of Korea - According to the Aid Worker Security Database, over the last 10 years, more than 3,000 humanitarian workers worldwide were victims of major attacks. In 2015 alone, 287 humanitarian workers were attacked with 109 deaths logged.

22 Nov 2016 description
report Chosun Ilbo

After several strong earthquakes and aftershocks this year, the nationwide disaster alert system is getting an upgrade.

The Ministry of Public Safety and Security on Monday said that the Korea Meteorological Administration will send text message alerts directly to residents when a quake with a magnitude greater than 3.0 strikes.

For quakes stronger than 5.0, the alerts will be sent in under 50 seconds.

The goal is to get the alerts out in under 25 seconds by the first half of 2017.

21 Nov 2016 description

By Linda Mu

ILSAN, Republic of Korea, 21 November 2016 – Fast-paced developments in technology have the potential to help the world rein in the impact of natural and human-induced hazards, notably when it comes to tackling urban risk.

The issue of harnessing hi-tech to support disaster prevention, forecasting, response and building resilience at the community level has been in focus at the K-Safety conference, run by the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Public Safety and Security.

06 Aug 2016 description
report Chosun Ilbo

Global warming is expected to damage rice production in Korea as increasing areas of the country become suitable for tropical fruit farming.

The Rural Development Administration warned that Korea's rice output will fall to 408.7 kg per 1,000 sq.m in 2040, a 13.6-percent decline compared to 473 kg from 1990 to 2000.

If global warming progresses at the current pace, Korea's rice output could fall 22.2 percent by 2060 and 40.1 percent by 2090, it estimated.