September 26, 2020

Average monthly income of North Korean defectors hit record high in 2019: MOU

New data reveals continued gap between escapees and the wider South Korean public, however

The average monthly income of North Korean defectors living in South Korea hit a record high last year, Seoul's Ministry of Unification (MOU) said Tuesday, surpassing 2 million Korean Won (KRW) in 2019.

According to a joint press release by the MOU and other relevant authorities, the average monthly wages of workers who have defected from the North and currently live in the South increased by 148,000 KRW compared to the previous year, from approximately 1.89 million to 2.04 million KRW ($1,720).