Permit systems kills migrant worker in South Korea

The recent suicide of Keshav Shrestha, a young Nepali migrant worker in South Korea, has once again highlighted the repressive regulations that migrant workers face in South Korea. The law in question is the Employment Permit System (EPS) which legalises migrant workers’ stay in South Korea but puts incredible restrictions on their right to move jobs and travel. This makes these workers highly vulnerable to exploitation and abuse from their employers. A number of solidarity actions and public events by labour activists have been held demanding the removal of the EPS and justice for migrant workers in South Korea.