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New Research to Tackle Migrant Worker Deaths and Support Systems
Date : 2024.03.26 13:32:54 Hits : 369

New Research to Tackle Migrant Worker Deaths and Support Systems


The National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK) has announced a critical research initiative: the "Commissioned Research on An Analysis on the Causes of Death in Migrant Workers and Development of Support System" (Commissioned Research). This project aims to shed light on the often-overlooked issue of migrant worker deaths in Korea and pave the way for improved support systems.

 

Migrant worker deaths in Korea are a cause for serious concern. While accidents and suicides contribute to these fatalities, workplace-related deaths are showing a disturbing upward trend. From 2010 to 2019, deaths from workplace accidents among migrant workers jumped from 7% to 12.2%.

 

Experts point to a complex web of factors potentially contributing to these deaths. Long hours in isolated environments, financial strain due to delayed or inadequate pay, excessive workloads, and the challenges of cultural adaptation can create a breeding ground for both suicide and sudden death. Additionally, there's evidence linking poor workplace conditions to some unexplained deaths.

 

Current data on migrant worker deaths paints an incomplete picture. Existing statistics often focus solely on work-related fatalities, neglecting non-work-related deaths. Moreover, there's a critical lack of comprehensive research exploring the full scope and causes of migrant deaths in Korea. This data gap hinders effective policymaking and undermines efforts to prevent such tragedies and support those affected.

 

The NHRCK's commissioned research is a significant step towards addressing these issues. By combining domestic and international research alongside expert opinions, the project aims to provide a clearer picture of this complex issue. The research will delve into the causes of migrant deaths in Korea, leading to improved detection methods for both fatalities and high-risk situations. This comprehensive data will be crucial for refining existing laws and policies to better protect migrant workers.

 

Ultimately, the research seeks to establish a robust monitoring framework for preventing migrant worker deaths and improving support structures for families and communities affected by such losses. Additionally, the research aims to clarify the roles and responsibilities of government agencies, ensuring a more coordinated approach to protecting the lives and dignity of all migrant workers in Korea.

 

By tackling these critical issues, the NHRCK's commissioned research holds the potential to make a significant difference in the lives of migrant workers and their families in Korea.

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