The aim of the program is to encourage young people aged 9-24 who experience social isolation to go to school, university or work.
The new initiative is part of South Korea’s efforts to combat youth unemployment, currently 7.2%, and the declining birth rate that threatens productivity.
According to the Korea Institute of Health and Social Affairs, about 350,000 people aged 19 to 39 in South Korea experience loneliness or isolation, and 40% of reclusive teens begin to withdraw into themselves by adolescence.
The government is also willing to provide assistance with school and sports equipment, as well as corrective surgeries to address appearance issues, including scars that teens may be embarrassed about.
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