Intercultural issues, migration and Integration

Where
Republic of Korea
When
2018
Who
The Ministry of Unification / Korea Hana Foundation
The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family
The Ministry of Justice
Key objectives of the measure:

The Gathering of North Korean Defectors and Residents of the South 
Healthy Growth of the Children of Multicultural Families and Production of Global Talents 
Together Day and Together Week 

The project to host the Gathering of North Korean Refugees and South Korean Residents assists the refugees from North Korea to adapt to and integrate themselves into South Korean society under Article 30 of the North Korean Refugees Protection and Settlement Support Act. It encourages residents’ participation in the event in cooperation with local governments and civic organizations, seeks to improve the public perceptions of the refugees and promotes the value of cultural diversity. It also provides an opportunity for the South Korean residents and the refugees to better understand each other.  
The project to support the children of multicultural families and produce global talents, as the title says, is to extend step-by-step educational support to the children of multicultural families to help develop them into global talents. 
The Together Day and Together Week were designed to create a social environment in which the Korean nationals and expatriates respect each other’s culture and live in harmony. 

Scope of the measure:
Local, Regional, National
Nature of the measure:
legislative, institutional
Main feature of the measure:

A variety of events such as a soccer game between North Korean refugees and South Korean residents, soccer lecture by the national soccer team players, an athletic meeting, quiz game, North Korean food tasting session and financial and educational counseling are offered at the Gathering of North Korean Refugees and South Korean Residents. It has been held annually since 2011 and has expanded its scope to invite more refugees and residents in cooperation with local governments and civic organizations in 2017 (as of 2017, about 2,000 participants have attended the Gathering).
This project is to diagnose the language development of children from multi-ethnic families and have language instructors conduct intensive language education for them. In addition, it will create a family environment in which the children of multicultural families become bilinguals and help them participate in the international exchange programs to grow into global talents. It also provides visiting education services for the multicultural families.
Article 19 of the Framework Act on Treatment of Foreigners Residing in the Republic of Korea (legislated on May 17, 2007) designates May 20 as Together Day and a period of one week beginning with Together Day as Together Week. On Together Day and in the Week, a variety of programs are provided across the nation, including academic conference, government award, foreign culture experience, lectures on immigration policies. 

Results expected through the implementation of the measure:

This project is designed to help the North Korean refugees and local residents recognize the value of each other’s culture by providing more opportunities to communicate with and understand each other. It is expected to improve the public perception of multicultural families and bring about a consensus.
This project is expected to improve the public perception of multicultural families by protecting their human rights and eschewing discrimination against them. It extends wider institutional support and customized services for the children of multicultural families as well as expanding their opportunities for education and social engagement. 
It is expected to create a social environment in which those with diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds understand and respect each other. 

Financial resources allocated to implement the measure:

About 179,051 dollar (sponsored by the Ministry of Unification, Presidential Committee for National Cohesion, the Committee for the Five Northern Korean Provinces, Hana Bank, Uri Bank and local governments) (as of 2016) 
20,798,568 dollar (as of 2016)
301,701 dollar (as of 2016) 

Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)
Multi-domain