February 25, 2024

Just two North Korean defectors reach South Korea from April to June

Historically-low numbers present challenges to helping the North Korean people, humanitarian workers say

Only two North Korean defectors entered South Korea from April to June this year, the fewest ever in a single quarter, Seoul's unification ministry announced on Friday.

Only one male and one female defector arrived in the country during the second quarter of 2021, according to South Korea's Ministry of Unification, the lowest-ever quarterly figure since such data began to be recorded in 2003.