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Poverty in south Korea?

Abuse #1 13 Mar 2011, 20:19

Join Date: Aug 2010 Posts: 6 Trips: 0
I am planning on moving to South Korea to work with the poor. I wanted to know if anyone knew which cities had the most poverty? And what the poverty problems in South Korea are.

Abuse #2 16 Mar 2011, 01:59

Join Date: Sep 2010 Posts: 3 Trips: 0
Um. actually, there are other places which has much worse problems with poverty. Korea has the resources to combat poverty. your work and mindset will have a much greater impact and gratittuted somewhere else, like Africa or something.

Abuse #3 21 Mar 2011, 04:54

Join Date: May 2010 Posts: 3 Trips: 0
I live in Seoul and Pusan for two years. In the major cities in South Korea there is a great deal of homeless people. They are abundant, but are often moved around by the city and federal government. They are seen as trash and sub-human. In addition, Orphans are abundant too. Korean look down upon adoption. I would say to look at homeless people. Also look at orphanages. These are two places that are in most need in South Korea. In addition, South Korea does not have many social programs like welfare or social security for the disable. It easy to see people without legs riding on skateboard time vehicles. The cities in South Korea and in specific the public streets and transportation are not designed for people with disabilities. This is another opportunity for improvement.
In short, look at help disable homeless, homeless in general, orphans, and old people with low income. If you are looking for organization, there are many international organizations such as Churches, the UN, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). South Korea is the 12th largest economies in the world, but it also has many poor people. I think you could be of great help in South Korea.
Philly Guy

Abuse #4 24 Mar 2011, 11:34

Join Date: Jun 2010 Posts: 3 Trips: 0
Well, living and traveling in Korea, I've noticed that there's probably more rural poverty than anything else. There's not much poverty in Korea as a whole, but there are plenty of farmer/fisherman communities.
As you know, Korea has been an agrarian society until recently when it started developing more technological sectors.
However, there are plenty of places where farming is a major way of life. I'm guessing Gangwondo, the northeasternmost and more mountainous province, has more poverty issues.
Yet, it really depends on what poverty problems you want to tackle. Do you mean homelessness, which is more prevalent in the larger cities Seoul, Busan, Daegu, or do you mean living below average financial means, which is arguably found throughout the country.
Email me for more help and I'll try to find the answer.