October 03, 2023

Defectors sending more money to family in North Korea facing hardships: Survey

Expert says higher brokerage fees likely account for increase, while poll also finds defectors financially better off

Fewer North Korean defectors are sending money to loved ones in the North in 2022, but the total amount of money they are sending back has increased, according to a new survey of defectors in South Korea. 

The Database Center for North Korean Human Rights (NKDB) also found that North Korean defectors are closing the income gap with those born in South Korea and are overall financially better off than the previous year.