2018 October SU:P Newsletter (Vol.42)

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1. Venezuela Fights On! Part II
From January to May of 2018, about 550 Yemenis, mostly single men, arrived on Korea’s largest island through a visa waiver program for tourists. The refugees arrived seemingly out of nowhere, triggering feelings of an “invasion” in a segment of the Korean population, sparking protests and online presidential petitions largely against the asylum seekers. What drove the Yemeni to Korea? What are Korea’s obligations to these refugees? How do progressive Koreans view this issue? We explore all this along with an interview of hunger striker Egyptian refugee Abdelrahman Zaid. (read)