October 23, 2021

What will happen to North Korean laborers in Russia?

On a two year deadline, some provinces have sought to protect longstanding economic interests

Speaking to reporters in New York last week, Russia's ambassador to North Korea Alexander Matsegora said that regional governors in Russia had begun to comply with the UN's most recent sanctions targeting migrant laborers from the DPRK.

UN Resolution 2397, passed on December 22, 2017, stipulates that member states must repatriate North Korean workers on employment contracts by December 22, 2019, and must also provide a midterm report after 15 months listing all North Korean nationals that were repatriated in the first year from the adoption date.