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Seoul signs youth accord with London

Young adults from Korea and Britain will soon be able to work while traveling or studying in either country under an agreement signed by the two nations, the British Embassy in Seoul said Wednesday.

Under the agreement, 1,000 Koreans aged between 18 and 30 will be eligible to apply for working holiday visas each year, allowing them to live, work and study in Britain for up to two years without the need for a work sponsorship.

The same number of young Britons will be eligible for such a visa program.

“This is a significant opportunity for both the United Kingdom and South Korea, an opportunity to strengthen and build on the cultural and economic ties that exist between us and to promote mutual understanding,” said Scott Wightman, the British ambassador to Korea, in a statement.

“It gives young South Koreans the opportunity to experience life in the United Kingdom and to improve their English, and for us to benefit from having them live within our communities.”

Britain became the 14th country South Korea has signed such an agreement with, after Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the Czech Republic. Yonhap

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