February 22, 2020

Defector Issues

Information related to North Korean defector issues

Ask a North Korean: what was life like on the construction sites at Samjiyon?

"It keeps me up at night when I think about those hungry children struggling in the cold"

Tae-il Shim January 20, 2020

Number of North Korean defectors to South at lowest in nearly two decades: MOU

Overall downward trend since 2009 continues, though male defector numbers higher than in recent years

Colin Zwirko January 20, 2020

Almost three years on, Trump's travel ban has hit North Korean refugees hard

The Trump administration's "extreme vetting" has made it difficult for escapees seeking a new life in the U.S.

Andrea Valentino January 14, 2020

Ask a North Korean: what does the leader's New Year's speech mean to you?

"No North Korean is looking forward to the New Year’s speech"

In-hua Kim | Tae-il Shim January 3, 2020

EXCLUSIVE: U.S. citizen says he snuck into North Korea, was imprisoned in 2015

American who crossed into the DPRK illegally four years ago tells his story for the first time

Chad O'Carroll | Oliver Hotham December 24, 2019

Unfinished business in North Korea - NK News podcast special episode part 3

Part three of an exclusive NK News series

NK News December 24, 2019

An American prisoner in North Korea - NK News podcast special episode part 1

Part one of an exclusive NK News series

NK News December 24, 2019

Ask a North Korean: how do you feel about the UN ban on overseas workers?

"I couldn't help but sigh at the news that North Korean overseas workers were being sent back to North Korea"

In-hua Kim December 23, 2019

Ask a North Korean: why do people decide to leave North Korea?

"The majority of those that decide to leave do so because they're disenchanted by the current political situation"

Tae-il Shim December 16, 2019
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