February 05, 2023

Seoul to allow private groups to interview new North Korean defectors again

Nonprofit calls move a ‘positive’ sign but says details unclear, two years after ROK cut access to resettlement center

Private organizations will soon have the opportunity to conduct surveys at South Korea’s resettlement center for newly arrived defectors, the unification ministry announced Thursday.

But a nonprofit organization that lost access to the Hanawon facility two years ago says the announcement leaves key questions unanswered about how researchers can work with defectors.