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Swindlers pounce on failed Korean job seekers

Korean job seekers who failed the language proficiency test are being targeted by swindlers on the pretext of finding them jobs in South Korea despite their failure in the exam, a Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) spokesman said yesterday.

The spokesman said a suspect was arrested by its sleuths after a complaint was lodged by two youths that they had paid Rs 95,000 to the suspect after he promised to find jobs in South Korea despite their failure in the recent Korean language test.

He said the SLBFE was investigating similar complaints and warned Korean job seekers not to fall prey to fraudsters.

“Only those who pass the language proficiency test are eligible for jobs in Korea via the Employment Permit System (EPS) agreed upon by the two governments,” the spokesman said.

He said there was no third party involved in providing Korean jobs under the EPS system and the sole authority was vested with the SLBFE and the Korean Human Resources Department.

A total of 4,391 candidates were selected out of the 31,271 who sat the 10th Korean Language Proficiency test held last October.

The bulk, 3,901, was selected for industrial sector jobs and 490 in the fisheries sector. The test was jointly organised by the SLBFE and the Korean Human Resources Development Authority with the help of the Examinations Department of Sri Lanka.

The number of Sri Lankan’s migrating for jobs in South Korea increased considerably in recent times. Last year, 5,346 persons migrated to Korea for employment. The figure is expected to exceed 9,000 this year.

Meanwhile, it was recently announced that Sri Lanka has become the top labour exporting to the South Korean job market.

Korean authorities say Sri Lanka’s top ranking status was due to the efficiency and the enterprise of Lankan workers and transparency of the authorities.

Over 25,000 Sri Lankans work in South Korea with an annual outflow of around 5,000.

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