September 19, 2020

Number of North Korean defectors to South at lowest in nearly two decades: MOU

Overall downward trend since 2009 continues, though male defector numbers higher than in recent years

The number of North Koreans escaping to South Korea in a single calendar year has dropped to the lowest point since 2001, according to new figures through the end of 2019 released by the South’s Ministry of Unification (MOU).

This follows a downward trend over the last decade coinciding with current DPRK leader Kim Jong Un coming to power in late 2011.