All posts tagged "defectors"

  • This Rodong Sinmun photo released on Jan. 27, 2015, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un observing the military's river crossing training. (Yonhap)
    Number of N.Korean defectors halves after Kim Jong-un assumes power

    SEOUL (Yonhap) — The number of North Korean defectors to South Korea has halved since the launch of the Kim Jong-un regime, apparently attributable to the communist nation’s tougher border control, the Unification Ministry said Monday. A...

    • Posted January 3, 2016
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    N. Korean defectors’ jobless rate falls under 5 pct

    (Yonhap) — The unemployment rate for North Korean defectors declined to the 4-percent level this year thanks to the government’s support programs for their resettlement, a report showed Tuesday. The jobless rate for North Korean defectors stood...

    • Posted December 22, 2015
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  • A barbed-wire fence on the North Korean-Chinese border (Yonhap)
    China turns hostile toward N. Korea defectors

    By Yi Whan-woo and Joint Press Corps BEIJING ― The Chinese government regards North Korean defectors as illegal immigrants who should be forcibly repatriated. Its recent hostile approach came despite the United Nations’ growing criticism of Beijing’s forced...

    • Posted December 7, 2015
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  • This undated file photo shows one of S. Korea's "red light districts."
    Many N. Korean defectors resort to prostitution for living in South

    By Jun Ji-hye A considerable number of female defectors from North Korea have become sex workers in South Korea after experiencing difficulties adjusting according to media reports. KBS, a state-run broadcaster, aired a program on Sunday night...

    • Posted November 30, 2015
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  • South Korean soldiers patrol along the coast of the western island of Yeonpyeong, South Korea. (Yonhap)
    UN criticizes China for deporting NK defectors

    By Yi Whan-woo The United Nations condemned China for forcibly repatriating North Korean defectors even though they will face the risk of persecution on their return, South Korean officials said Thursday. Officials from the Ministry of Foreign...

    • Posted November 20, 2015
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  • South and North Korean troops stand guard at the neutral border village of Panmunjom. (Yonhap file photo)
    Number of N. Korean defectors on steady decline

    By Choi Sung-jin The number of North Koreans who defected to South Korea this year fell below the monthly average of 100 for the first time in 12 years, the Ministry of Unification said. Ministry officials attributed...

    • Posted November 14, 2015
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  • North Korean civilians fish at the port in Wonsan, North Korea. Wonsan, a sleepy port on North Korea’s east coast. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)
    N. Korea demands S. Korea identify 3 defector fishermen: Seoul

    SEOUL, July 10 (Yonhap) — The Unification Ministry said Friday it has rejected North Korea’s demand to reveal the identities of three North Korean fishermen who were rescued in the South’s waters and voiced their wish to...

    • Posted July 10, 2015
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