March 21, 2023

North Korea’s expat community shrinks as more diplomats and NGO workers leave

COVID-19 prevention measures and tough lifestyle restrictions are squeezing out Pyongyang's foreign community

The expat community in Pyongyang shrunk again on Thursday, with more diplomats and humanitarian workers leaving as a result of strict COVID-19 prevention measures that have significantly hampered their work since January, multiple informed sources told NK News.

A number of Polish, Czech and Mongolian diplomats left by land and were accompanied by five nongovernmental organization (NGO) personnel, the sources said — just days after details emerged that two Swedish diplomats left the country.