February 21, 2024

Where do the majority of North Korean defectors come from?

75% of all escapees in the South are from just two provinces

South Korea’s Ministry of Unification (MOU) publishes yearly statistics on the provinces of origin of North Korean defectors settled in South Korea.

According to the figures, as of the year 2016, over 75% (23,138) of all North Korean defectors hailed from just two provinces: North Hamgyong Province and Ryanggang Province, with the former accounting for over 60% (18,665) of all defections.