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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.

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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.

05 Aug 2016 description
report The New York Times

YANGJU, South Korea — Surrounded by salvaged used-cars parts bound for Syria, Ahmad Khalifa has worked 12 hours a day for three years in one country that does not really want him while longing for another that war has destroyed.

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26 Jul 2016 description


  • Rice production forecast to decrease in 2016
  • Cereal imports in 2016/17 forecast to remain close to last year’s high level

Rice production forecast to decrease in 2016

01 Apr 2016 description

By Ana Christina Thorlund

Incheon, 1 April, 2015 – The popular child-friendly version of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction is to be translated into Korean after 400 children and youth met in Incheon to discuss the meaning of disaster risk reduction and how they can become agents of change in their own homes and communities.

20 Feb 2016 description


  • Record high yields boost 2015 rice production

  • Cereal imports in 2015/16 forecast to increase slightly from last year’s record level

Record high yields boost 2015 rice production

22 Dec 2015 description

Republic of Korea - For the first time in its history, the Republic of Korea will tomorrow (23/12) welcome its first group of 22 refugees from Myanmar for resettlement.

The four families, who have been living in a Thai refugee camp, will arrive in Incheon as part of a pilot refugee resettlement project that starts this year and will run through 2017.

IOM Seoul has been supporting the South Korean Ministry of Justice since last April by providing policy recommendations and sharing IOM’s expertise based on its resettlement experience spanning the past 64 years.

07 Dec 2015 description

By Ana Cristina Thorlund

INCHEON, Republic of Korea, 7 December 2015 – One hundred and fifty-six Korean municipalities have agreed to promote city-to-city learning to strengthen implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

The first City Resilience summit of its kind took place at UNISDR’s Global Education and Training Institute (GETI), in Incheon, agreed to formalise the gathering into an Annual Forum for Korean Cities so that lessons and progress can continue to be shared.

25 Nov 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

Forced Return by China Could Mean Torture, Death

28 Oct 2015 description
report JoongAng Daily

On Monday, much welcome rain fell across the nation, and though the drought-ridden South Chungcheong region saw average precipitation of 24 millimeters, that was far from enough.

Following a dry spell over the past year, eight cities and counties in South Chungcheong, including Boryeong, Seosan and Dangjin, are seriously reviewing how to combat drought in the region and adjust water supplies, including taking advantage of the four-rivers restoration project.

The region has not seen adequate rainfall since the 74 millimeters of precipitation that fell Oct. 21, 2014.