June 02, 2020

North Korean defections to South down 17.7% in first half of 2018: MOU
88% of escapees reported to be women

The number of North Korean defectors arriving in the ROK during the first half of 2018 fell by 17.7% compared to the same period in 2017, according to official statistics recently released by the South's Ministry of Unification (MOU).

The provisional figures, updated quarterly on the MOU website, show that from the period of January through June 2018, a total of 488 individuals from the North entered South Korea.