September 27, 2023
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Only 12 North Korean defectors reached the South between April and June: MOU

Figures are the lowest since records began in 2003, likely linked to COVID-19 border closures

Only 12 North Korean defectors entered South Korea in the second quarter of the year, Seoul's unification ministry said Wednesday, the lowest number recorded since quarter-on-quarter data began to be released in 2003.

The tentative figures -- which track the number of North Korean defectors arriving in South Korea between April and June -- represent a a 96.25% drop compared to the same period the previous year.