September 23, 2021 12:58
More than 100,000 Chinese residents with voting rights are expected to cast their ballots in Korea's local elections next June.
According to the National Assembly Budget Office, 95,767 Chinese residents in Korea had voting rights as of the end of June this year, accounting for 78.4 percent of all foreigners with voting rights here.
That means they could sway the ballot in some areas where they are concentrated. Foreigners over 18 who have lived in Korea for three years after obtaining permanent residency can vote in local elections but not in presidential or general ones.
Meanwhile, 1.22 million foreigners have signed up for national health insurance benefits over the last five years, and they have 194,133 dependents who also benefit. One Syrian national has nine dependents under his name.
The National Health Insurance Service paid W3.66 trillion for 4.56 million foreigners who had treatment over the same period, which boils down to more than W800,000 per person (US$1=W1,179).
The foreigner with the highest payout was a Chinese who had W3.3 billion worth of treatments of which only W332 million was self-paid. Seven out of the top 10 foreign residents who had most treatments were Chinese.
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