February 26, 2024

US seeks more funding to help North Korean defectors, other refugees in Asia

State Department seeks budget increase after earmarking millions for projects that support ‘sustainable reforms’ in DPRK

The U.S. State Department requested an increase of $10.26 million in funding for its assistance programs in East Asia on Wednesday, which includes support for North Korean refugees. 

The department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) devoted $237.2 million to its work related to refugees from East Asia for fiscal year 2022 and has now requested a budget of $247.5 million for 2023, an increase of 4.3%. 

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