HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: South Korea — the most lucrative job destination for Nepali foreign job aspirants — barred 18 Employment Permit System (EPS) workers from entering the country in 2012.
They were asked to return from the airport as their passports were found to be fake, said EPS Nepal. According to EPS Nepal, South Korea expelled two job aspirants in January followed by two in February, three in March, nine in April and two in May. “The highest number of EPS workers using fake passports was found in April,” it said, adding that the case also included reentry to South Korea by using different passports.
South Korea does not accept EPS aspirants who have previously worked as illegal migrants and does not allow them to reenter the job market. Nepalis working in South Korea earn about $ 1,000 (Rs 84,000) which is at least four times more than other popular job destinations — Gulf countries and Malaysia.
The average salary in Gulf countries is around $ 250 (Rs 21,000) and in Malaysia it is $ 300 (Rs 25,200) according to the recently hiked minimum wage in those destinations. About 8,000 Nepalis have been working in South Korea under the EPS hiring system which began in 2008. About 12,000 Nepalis who passed the Test of Proficiency in Korea are waiting for their turn to be hired.