Currently, 22% or 48,597 out of 220,687 multi-cultural families live in Seoul, making the city the second large place to have multi-cultural families. The number is on the rise as the number of marriage migrant increases for the last six years.
Systematic support and care for the children of low-income and single parent is imperative, for those children are often neglected while their parent is struggling to make ends meet, while a breakdown of the family and social biases leave them with emotional difficulties.
As for support for the low-income, single parent families, a household with a child aged 12 and under is provided with child-care subsidies, while a household with a middle or high school child is receiving reimbursement for transportation and school supplies (entrance fees and tuition fees for high school students are included). And for a low-income and single parent household which has no shelter, the city-run welfare centers provide them a place to stay until they gain financial independence.
The Multi-cultural Family Support Center runs various programs, including classes for Korean and Korean culture, and assists the employment of multi-cultural families by providing consultation and interpretation/translation service. The center also works to improve the public awareness for the multi-cultural families. Other programs to improve welfare and support financial independence of multi-cultural families include ‘Seoul Plan for Everyone’s Happiness’ which was launched in August, 2012.
Department / Contact
- Global Urban Partnership Division / 82-2-2133-5264 / firstname.lastname@example.org
- Global Future Research Center / 82-2-2149-1418 / email@example.com