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Highly educated people will find it easier to obtain citizenship in S.Korea

It will be helpful in resolving social and labor problems

Photo: Yonhap

/NOVOSTIVL/ Foreigners acquiring a bachelor's or higher degree in South Korea may soon find it easier to become naturalized here, as a group of lawmakers have proposed easing the nationality law to help overcome the nation's population reduction. This article appeared in the Yonhap News Agency.

Rep. Kim Kyung-jin of the minor opposition Party for Democracy and Peace said Monday that he and nine other lawmakers have jointly tabled a motion to revise the Nationality Act to the National Assembly, seeking to ease the rules on simplified naturalization.

The proposed revision calls for allowing foreigners earning a bachelor's degree or higher in South Korea to be naturalized as a Korean citizen. It also obliges the government to flexibly devise and implement its nationality policies depending on special and economic circumstances.

The lawmaker said the proposed legal revision was based on the opinions of government officials and experts gathered from a forum in February.

"If talented foreigners will be able to become naturalized in South Korea more easily through the proposed legal revision, it will be helpful in resolving social and labor problems caused by the population reduction," Kim said.


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