Why are the majority of North Korean defectors female?

Their role as breadwinners and the need to make money pushes N. Korean women towards China
July 31st, 2013

SEOUL – Fewer social obligations in the North translates into more defections to the South among women, statistics show.

However, with most of their work experience coming from illegal marketplaces, these women face a different set of challenges when they arrive.

About 68.7 percent of North Koreans to have ever defected to South Korea are

You have reached your limit of 5 free articles this month. Subscribe today for unlimited access. Prices start from just $2.88 per week
Existing users, please sign in here:
Remember Me

Recommended for You

From Military-First to Sports-First?

From Military-First to Sports-First?

While sports fans across Asia were tuning in to the end of the 2014 Asian Games in South Korea, the international media was in a frenzy: where was North Korean leader Kim Jong Un? Among the rumors swi…

October 20th, 2014
N. Korea pressures U.S. on soldiers' remains

N. Korea pressures U.S. on soldiers' remains

“...[The] remains of at least 7 800 GIs reported missing during the past Korean war now look like no better than stones as land rezoning and other gigantic nature-remaking projects made progress in …

October 17th, 2014

About the Author

Shinui Kim

Shinui Kim (@tls1011) is a staff reporter at NK News Seoul and former research intern at the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University, SAIS. She also worked at Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the U.S. as an intern. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Yonsei University.

Join the discussion