September 30, 2023

Russian provincial official says North Korean workers needed amid labor shortage

Expert says Moscow might allow DPRK workers despite sanctions if it thinks it cannot salvage reputation after Ukraine

Russian officials and businesspeople have called for the return of North Korean construction workers to help boost the economy in the Russian-DPRK border region, as the weak ruble reduces the labor supply.

Business ombudsperson Marina Shemilina from Primorsky province, which borders North Korea, told Russian state media that North Korean workers could fill the gap left by migrant workers “who are projected to leave the region soon because of the current U.S. dollar exchange rate against the ruble.”