October 04, 2023

Hostility toward North Korean defectors on rise in South Korea: Survey

One in four reports enmity toward defectors, which experts say reflects growing prejudice toward minorities globally

Enmity toward North Korean defectors is growing in South Korea, a new survey shows, with nearly one in four respondents saying they feel negative about accepting North Koreans into society and nearly 70% saying they don’t want their children to marry a defector.

The responses come from the recently released “Korea Social Integration Survey,” an annual poll by the Korea Institute of Public Administration (KIPA) to gauge public perceptions of minorities.