November 17, 2019

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

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 women, a four-month survey conducted