November 29, 2023

North Korean defectors struggle most with work, education, mental health: Survey

Unification ministry finds many experience ‘emotional and psychological’ difficulties living in South Korea

Living circumstances, access to education and mental wellness are what North Korean defectors struggle the most with after reaching South Korea, according to a new government survey.

The Ministry of Unification surveyed more than 1,500 defectors from Nov. 26 to Dec. 27 last year to better tailor support policies for the community. A multiple-option question on resettlement difficulties included family issues, education, addictions, mental health and COVID-related unemployment.