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Post  polka23dot Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:50 am

When... 550 or so people from... Yemen arrived over several months in South Korea, the reaction was uncompromising. "Is the government crazy? These are the people who will rape our daughters!" was one of the top comments, liked by thousands, on Naver, the country's top Internet portal. Hundreds protested in Seoul last month urging authorities to "kick out fake refugees" while nearly 700,000 - a record - signed a petition on the presidential website calling for tightening what are already some of the world's toughest refugee laws. "Europe may have historical baggage with countries (former colonies)... but South Korea has no such moral obligation," the petition said. Refugees are largely an alien concept in the Asian country where only around four per cent of the population are foreigners, mostly from China and Southeast Asia. Discrimination against them is widespread. Many are openly mocked on public transport for being "dirty" or "smelly", and refused entry to fancy restaurants or public baths. source: https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/yemeni-asylum-seekers-spark-backlash-in-south-korea

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