September 30, 2023

Overseas North Koreans face lengthy reeducation when borders open, defectors say

Pyongyang will be extremely suspicious of those who have lived abroad for years during pandemic, escapees tell NK News

Months of “reeducation” sessions, or even forced labor, await thousands of overseas North Koreans when they return home for the first time in over three and a half years, two defectors told NK News.

A tourism company claimed last week that the DPRK is preparing to ease COVID-19 border restrictions to allow its own citizens back into the country, and South Korean media have reported that as many as 400 students studying overseas could return this week.