The South Korean government has granted refugee status to only three Syrians since 2014, according to information confirmed by The Korea Observer Thursday.
The Ministry of Justice told the paper that they reject Syrians seeking refugee status who apply based solely on the war in Syria.
“Most of the Syrians have sought asylum on the grounds of civil war,” the ministry said.
“However, civil war is not sufficient grounds for granting refugee status.”
Kim claims that the government is strategically denying visas to asylum seekers to minimize the number of applications received.
Concerns have also been raised of the risk of sexual assaults which would occure should any migrants be allowed in.“Judging by what we see in Europe, we would prefer to protect our women, rather than potentially place them at risk.” In addition, the nation needs to attend to its own demographic challenges posed by falling birth rates and an aging population before opening its doors to refugees.