February 25, 2024

Re-Defection to North Korea: Exaggeration or the Beginning of a Trend?

HRNK Experts look at the context behind an increasing trend of "re-defection" to North Korea

By Greg Scarlatoiu, Jana Johnson and Miran Song

Reports of North Korean re-defectors have recently gained international attention. Along with a statement by former National Assemblywoman Park Sun-young that now one hundred defectors have returned to the North, these reports of re-defection have drawn attention to the struggles of North Koreans who resettle in the South.