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
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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

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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.

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