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Summary of Policy status & future tasks for migrant artists and suggestions for future tasks

[Summary of policy status and future tasks for migrant artists and

suggestions for future tasks in the report]


(It is written on page 20 of the report)


The legal and policy tasks for migrant artists are summarized as follows.

First, it is necessary to revise regulations related to the status of migrant

artists under the current law. It is necessary to expand the participation of

various cultural subjects and the guarantee of cultural rights by allowing

migrant artists to be included in the application of culture and arts-related

laws such as the 「Framework Act on Culture」, 「Culture and Arts

Promotion Act」, and 「Artists Rights Protection Act」. Of course, in Article 3

of the Act on the Protection of Artists’ Rights, “There seems to be room

for controversy in the interpretation of whether artists who are protected

by the law are limited to ‘citizens’. Therefore, it seems necessary to review

the maintenance such as revision in accordance with the purpose of the

law.

Second, in the case of international human rights treaties that stipulate the

human rights of everyone, including the human rights of foreigners,

discrimination based on nationality is excluded by making “every person”

the subject of the right, almost without exception. And by denying

reciprocity in application, the egalitarianism of domestic and foreign

residents is strictly stipulated. Opportunities must be guaranteed so that

migrant artists can work stably in Korean society by respecting the purpose

of these international treaties. As a representative example, the

qualifications for art support projects, such as the Literary Promotion Fund

contest, should be lowered to 'people who live in Korea and engage in

artistic activities'. Through this, it is necessary to improve the application

qualifications so that migrant artists who do creative activities in Korea can

receive public support.

Third, it is necessary to review the direction in which the visa system for

cultural and artistic sojourn status includes various fields of culture and

arts, including fine arts, and develops in a form that can embrace artists

working in an independent position without an agency. For example,

the establishment of freelancer visas and relaxation of permanent residence

visa requirements can be reviewed. In addition to newly entering the

country from overseas, it is necessary to organize related procedures so

that students from arts and sports departments can enter the field through

various channels, such as when they want to change their occupation to

the field of culture and arts. In addition, it is necessary to review whether

talents in the field of culture and arts are included in the target of

attracting outstanding talents or human resources when establishing

policies for foreigners and international students. Furthermore, if migrants

studying in a domestic university majoring in culture and arts want to

continue their major-related cultural and artistic activities in Korea after

graduation, they need to be able to change their sojourn status in to

culture and arts (D-1) or arts and entertainment (E-6-1), Specially defined

activity status (E7) etc.

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