Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Busan opens new global center
Busan Metropolitan City opened its first global center branch in close partnership with Busan Foundation for International Activities (BFIA) on March 28. The new global center aims to help newcomers from overseas, as well as expatriates and transnational immigrants living in Busan, enjoy a trouble-free life through its counseling services and free language programs.
The Busan Global Center will provide a wide range of services tailored to the many different needs of foreign-born residents in the region. Busan welcomes over 2.2 million foreign each year and has approximately 50,000 foreign residents.
This one-stop service center offers a variety of information services and consultation on topics such as immigration, employment, medical care, transportation, taxes, insurance and banking. It also extends call center services currently run by BFIA and increases the number of languages available to include: English, Chinese, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Russian and Uzbeki. Phone consultations are available from 9.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Another important mission of the Busan Global Center is to create a more multi-cultural environment. The Busan Global Center will run a 10-week course titled “World Cultural Class” Starting on March 28. Each week, foreign-born residents from 12 different countries will host sessions to talk about their own country and culture in English or Korean. The participation fee is 10,000 won.
The Busan Global Center is located across from City Hall in the National Pension Service Building in Yeonsan-dong. The lounge is open from 9.30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 9.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. on Saturday. They are closed on Sundays and public holidays.
For more information, please call 1577-7716 or visit their official website at: www.bfia.or.kr/renewal/english/main.html (Korean and English).