November 21, 2019

Defector Issues

Information related to North Korean defector issues

South Korea defends decision to expel "criminal" North Korean fishermen

Two men not eligible for protection under Refugees Protection and Settlement Support Act, MOU argues

Dagyum Ji November 8, 2019

Ask a North Korean: How much do Pyongyangites know about the outside world?

"People from outside of Pyongyang, at least those in my hometown, are often more up-to-date on outside news"

Tae-il Shim November 5, 2019

Ask a North Korean: What do people like to eat in North Korea?

"When I was little, my mother used to prepare sundae, rice cakes, and lots of other delicious food"

In-hua Kim October 24, 2019

Ask a North Korean: how has drug culture evolved in North Korea?

"Many are driving themselves into ruin for a momentary escape from their depressing reality"

Tae-il Shim October 16, 2019

Ask a North Korean: is it difficult for defectors to speak "South Korean"?

"Self-conscious of my North Korean accent, I usually stay silent wherever I go"

In-hua Kim October 7, 2019

Ask a North Korean: What impact do defectors have on North Korean society?

"The families and relatives of defectors, who were once despised, are now admired"

Tae-il Shim October 1, 2019

North Korean restaurant workers were abducted by the South, investigation finds

South Korean unification ministry declines to comment on the report, rejects recommendations

Dagyum Ji October 1, 2019

Surveying "The Red Years": making sense of Bandi

Questions linger about authenticity, but the samizdat poet paints a vivid picture of N. Korean life

Greg Noone September 20, 2019

South rejects North Korean reports tying mass defection issue to family reunions

Dismissal comes amid increasing calls in DPRK media for ROK to return 12 workers

Dagyum Ji September 20, 2019

Mother of North Korean restaurant worker calls on South to return her daughter

Statement follows investigation by Seoul-backed human rights watchdog

Dagyum Ji September 18, 2019
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