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Damin Jung was an NK News correspondent based in Seoul. She previously worked at the CSIS (Center for Strategic and International Studies) Korea Chair.
On February 7, South Korea’s Ministry of Unification (MOU) announced a new support program for defectors, with a one-time subsidy of 4,000,000 KRW ($3457.60 at the time of publication) to be handed out to the parents of North Koreans living in the South.
But this money was intended for a specific kind of defector family, those with children not born in either the North or the South: parents raising what have become known as "third-country-born" North Koreans.