Voluntary departure: Re-entry to be allowed for illegal aliens who leave Korea by June

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The government said it will permit illegal aliens to re-enter Korea if they voluntarily leave the country by next June. Gettyimagesbank
The government said it will permit illegal aliens to re-enter Korea if they voluntarily leave the country by next June. Gettyimagesbank

By Jung Min-ho

The Ministry of Justice said Tuesday it will allow illegal aliens to re-enter Korea if they voluntarily leave the country by next June.

In an effort to tackle the rapid increase in foreigners who stay here illegally, the ministry also said it will toughen punishment for those hiring people who do not have the proper visas.

From July, people who are caught staying here illegally will be fined and may not be able to re-enter the country for years, the ministry said.

Departure can be delayed under certain circumstances, including recent births, pregnancy or other health conditions, it said.

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