The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) held a session of Seoul Town Meeting, which aimed at listening to the voices of international residents under the theme of “Seoul in the World, and the World in Seoul” at 2 PM on Fri, Dec. 10 in the international conference room on the 9th floor of Seoul Global Center.
This event was co-organized by three organizations—SMG, Seoul Office of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and Migration Research & Training Centre (MRTC)—in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the IOM and International Migrants Day (Dec. 18).
Started in 2000, Seoul Town Meeting has been held once or twice annually and are utilized as a main window of communication for foreigners as their opinions and feedback on areas of improvement are collected to apply them to policymaking.
This event had a film screening session of a vlog depicting the lives of international residents affected by the pandemic as well as a talk show, and many different ideas and opinions collected during this event will go through deliberation before being directly reflected in the SMG’s administration.
Seoul Town Meeting is open to the public via visit (limited to those who have applied in advance) and livestream on YouTube (https://youtu.be/03E15JUmGc8). However, in accordance with COVID-19 protocols, the number of visiting attendees is limited on a first-come, first-served basis.
Mayor Oh Se-hoon said, “Seoul Town Meeting has been held every year since 2000 and is a valuable communication window for us to be able to hear the voices of international residents of Seoul. We will listen intently to the opinions gathered during this event and apply them to the SMG’s administration, and we will use it as the foundation for our city to rise to be one of the top five leading cities worldwide where people want to live.”
Moreover, the IOM ROK Chief of Mission Steve Hamilton stated, “In order to resolve the issues raised in international migration, joint partnership with local governments like the SMG as well as research agencies focused on migration policies is key,” showing determination to continue further exchanges and collaboration with the SMG and the MRTC in the future.