April 23, 2024

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Jin Ju-dong

Jin Ju-dong was born and raised in North Korea and defected during the pandemic. He worked at an overseas construction company for many years, as well as in Vladivostok. He spent a year at a U.N. refugee center after defecting before resettling in South Korea. He is currently a student at Seogang Occupational Training College in Seoul.

More articles by 'Jin Ju-dong'

Ask a North Korean: What is it like to work as an overseas laborer in Russia?

Ask a North Korean: What is it like to work as an overseas laborer in Russia?

A former worker in Far East details why the regime sends citizens abroad and a typical day on a construction site

Ask a North Korean: What is it like to work as an overseas laborer in Russia?
Jin Ju-dong March 29, 2024
Ask a North Korean: Why a DPRK laborer in Russia decided to defect

Ask a North Korean: Why a DPRK laborer in Russia decided to defect

A recent defector writes about growing disillusioned during 90s famine and how pandemic pushed him to make a break

Ask a North Korean: Why a DPRK laborer in Russia decided to defect
Jin Ju-dong January 17, 2024