Koreans Flock to Manila for English Lessons

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MANILA -- More South Korean youngsters were getting special study permits (SSPs) to take English lessons while in the Philippines, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) reported last Sunday.

The agency said it recorded 1,480 SSPs issued in the first three weeks of the month, which is higher than the 1,460 SSPs issued in the entire last quarter of 2010.

BI officer in charge Ronaldo Ledesma, in a statement, said the “dramatic” increase came as a result of the crackdown against illegally staying Korean minors in the country. Authorities discovered scores of Korean youths studying in the Philippines without valid permits.