March 25, 2023

Fewer than 60,000 remain on Korean family reunion register: MOU

Over 3700 South Koreans awaiting reunions passed away in 2017, data shows

The number of surviving South Koreans registered as eligible for meetings with North Korean family members divided by the Korean War continued to drop steadily in 2017 with less than 60,000 remaining, according to statistics published by the Ministry of Unification (MOU) in January.

While 2017 witnessed 194 new applicants, a total of 3797 of the existing registered members also passed away, according to the monthly compilation of statistics.