South Korea

Islamophobia drives backlash to Yemeni refugees in South Korea

A protest in Jeju. Photo: Chris Jung/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Jeju, South Korea — The arrival of 550-plus asylum seekers from war-torn Yemen earlier this year on South Korea's Jeju island has sparked online outcry and protests on the island, as well as the capital, Seoul.

What they're saying: "I don't want the government to accept refugees at all, especially those from Muslim countries,” said a 38-year-old protester in Seoul who refused to give his name. “Their culture and religion are very different from us. I don't want to see this bad religion in our country where our children will grow up and it will bring harm to them."

North and South Korea are holding a third summit

Moon Jae-in shaking hands with Kim Jong Un
South Korean President Moon Jae-in shake hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Photo: South Korean Presidential Blue House via Getty Images

South Korean President Moon Jae-in will travel to Pyongyang in September to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, reports the AP.

Why it matters: Despite the easing of tensions between the rival Koreas, Kim Jong-un has refused to provide documents related to his country's nuclear weapons, stalling any further progress in talks between North Korea and the United States.