Expats living and working in South Korea may be locked out of the government’s covid-19 disaster relief payment.
Many expat professionals living and working in Seoul are angry about not receiving the government’s relief fund payment promised to ‘all residents in Korea’. The payment was intended to mitigate the effect of the pandemic on South Korea’s economy, with qualification as a resident based on the reporting of an address to the recipient’s local government office. The payment itself ranges between $329 to $822 and is dependent on the number of people in each household.
After the payment was announced, reports began arriving of expats unable to claim the amount, many of whom now believe there’s a loophole in the lists of those eligible. According to one local office, the criteria which governs the payment isn’t determined at local level but is set by the central government. More enquiries elicited a response that only foreign children of a marriage between a Korean citizen and an expat as well as refugees and international marriage migrants were entitled to the payment.