December 28, 2018 08:36
Lawmakers on Thursday passed a bill to strengthen support for defectors from North Korea who settle here.
The bill will extend the time they have to apply for resettlement benefits when they arrive here from one year to three.
Those who did not come straight to South Korea but lived abroad for 10 years or more will now be eligible for housing subsidies like other defectors, and given priority in public housing.
The same will apply to those who missed the three-year window to apply. The one-time cash subsidy paid to single refugees when they arrive will be raised from W6 million to more than W7 million (US$1=W1,121).
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