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  • Foreign Residents Gather in Seoul Town Meeting to Make Their Voices Heard

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    • On Friday, December 10, the Seoul Global Center holds the “34th Seoul Town Meeting with Foreign Residents”
    • IOM ROK and MRTC will be co-hosts of the event to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the IOM
    • Seoul has been hosting the meeting up to twice a year since 2000 to design policies reflecting foreign residents’ opinions

    SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, December 9, 2021 – Seoul hosts the 34th Seoul Town Meeting at 2 PM on Friday, December 10 in International Conference Hall, 9F, Seoul Global Center. The agenda for this meeting is “Foreign Residents’ Life in the COVID-19 Pandemic.” This year, the Seoul city government, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Korea, and the Migration Research & Training Centre (MRTC) will co-host the event to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the IOM and International Migrants Day (December 18).

    Seoul has been holding the Seoul Town Meeting once or twice every year since 2000. The meeting serves as the major communication channel for expatriates living in Seoul. Foreign residents attend the meeting to suggest their ideas for improvement and share difficulties encountered while living in the capital.

    There will be a vlog video screening and talk show under the theme of “Foreign Residents’ Life in the COVID-19 Pandemic.” The SMG will collect and review diverse suggested opinions to reflect them in city policies.

    Videos to be screened have diverse stories of expat life in Seoul, from work, hobby to discrimination and hatred. Foreign residents starring in the videos will share their candid opinions and suggestions for future policies.

    In the talk show, five expat residents and panelists will talk about what brought them to Korea, foreign residents’ lives in Seoul, experiences in the pandemic, and future plans.

    Anyone interested can join the event both online and offline. Live streaming is available on its Youtube channel (https://youtu.be/03E15JUmGc8). However, reservation is required for offline participation as seats are limited to adhere to COVID-19 containment measures.

    “We have been holding the annual Seoul Town Meeting since 2000. It is a special occasion to hear voices of foreign residents in our city,” said Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon. “We will attentively listen to the ideas shared during Friday’s meeting. They will be the foundation for Seoul to become global top 5 cities.”