June 05, 2023
Ask A North Korean

Settling in Seoul: Where South Korea succeeds in helping new defectors

Adapting to life in an alien country is a daunting challenge, one defector says, so any assistance can go a long way

“Settling in Seoul” is a new NK News series in which North Korean defectors share their experiences adapting to life in South Korea.

This week, Sersong Han — who was born and raised in North Korea and lived there until he defected in 2014 — writes about what the South Korean government does well when it comes to working with defectors, including how one government foundation helps new arrivals do everything from find jobs and apply to college to pay their bills.