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October 17, 2005

English Teachers Arrested in Korea

As many as 150 English language teachers from Canada have been arrested in the last couple of weeks in South Korea following a crackdown by immigration officials, according to the Guardian's TEFL news section. The Canadian Foreign Affairs Department is reported as saying that raids on schools led to 50 teachers being investigated, detained or deported on suspicion of working illegally or having fraudulent qualifications, though there are claims that the number is closer to 150. The crackdown comes several months after a high profile case in which two Canadian teachers, one of whom was found to be working illegally, were detained and deported following an alleged assault at a Seoul bar. A growing sense of public resentment towards foreign teachers has contributed to the decline in their numbers. There are estimated to be only about 7,800 teachers working legally, while the number working with fake degrees is thought to be around 20,000.
Teachers Arrested in South Korea
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