Malawian opposition rejects 'slave labour'

Malawian opposition rejected that a deal to send tens of thousands of jobless youths to work in South Korea amounted to slave labour.

Malawian opposition rejects 'slave labour'

World Bulletin / News Desk

The government in the African state of Malawi has rejected opposition criticism that a deal to send tens of thousands of jobless youths to work in South Korea amounted to slave labour, reported RTHK. 

The labour minister said she just wanted to help young people in Malawi and was acting in good faith to reduce the high rate of youth unemployment.

The Malawian President, Joyce Banda, struck the deal to export up to 100,000 young workers during a visit to South Korea in February.

It involves sending young Malawian men and women aged between 18 and 25 to jobs in factories and on farms on the Korean peninsula.

Accurate unemployment figures in Malawi are hard to compute because of the lack of a national identification system to track those out of a job.

But recent research suggests that 80% of secondary school graduates in Malawi return to their villages every year because they can neither find jobs nor employ themselves.

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