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391 Afghans evacuated by S. Korea relocate to Yeosu for four months of cultural assimilation Updated: 2021-10-28 07:52:35 KST

From Jincheon-gun County, Chungcheongbuk-do Province to way down south by the sea.
Afghans of special merit to South Korea have relocated to a new home.

"Here at the Korea Coast Guard Academy in Yeosu, Jeollanam-do Province, all 391 Afghans will be spending the next four months adjusting to Korean society and culture under the Justice Ministry's assimilation program."

Awaiting their arrival on Wednesday were the police and a joyful crowd of locals, holding welcome banners and filled with pride that their city would be the Afghans' next host.

"Not a single one of us objected the Afghan's relocation to Yeosu. We welcome them with open arms and hope they settle well over the next four months."

The Afghans, 79 families in total, will be resuming the education they were receiving in Jincheon but in more depth.
Officials said a joint government support group will be launched in November to assist them in all facets of Korean life ranging from law and order and public education to employment and health insurance.

"The project will allow us to meet their needs in a more efficient and organized manner. Our ultimate goal is to enable the Afghans and their families to lead an economic life on their own and be able to integrate into Korean society."

The South Korean government evacuated the Afghans from Taliban rule in a rescue operation codenamed "Miracle" back in late August classifying them as not refugees but "special contributors."
According to the justice ministry, the Afghans will soon be able to upgrade their F1 visa to an F2, which will grant them long term stay and employment opportunities en route to standing on their own two feet.
Han Seong-woo, Arirang News, Yeosu.
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