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South Korean industries are experiencing sharp declines in their workforce numbers as the deadline for forced emigration nears. Foreigners working illegally in South Korea are in hiding, either to escape immediate deportation from South Korea, or deportation in March 2003 for those who reported themselves to the authorities earlier in the year. It has been estimated that 25 percent of the total illegal foreign workforce, or roughly 100,000 people, have stopped working and are in hiding. Although the government is training foreign industrial personnel to fill the now open positions, the Ministry of Labor remains concerned that many of these undesirable industrial jobs formerly taken up by illegal foreigners will remain vacant, greatly impacting industry.

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