SEOUL, April 2 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea set up a three-year plan to support North Korean defectors on Monday, including measures to help them secure stable jobs.
The unification ministry said it approved a seven-point 2018-2020 plan to help refugees better adapt to South Korea.
The plan seeks to provide stable jobs, help young defectors build a sound bond with family members and offer social integration programs.
The number of defectors in South Korea reached 31,340 as of the end of January, according to the ministry.
The number of annual arrivals hit an all-time high of 2,914 in 2009. The pace of increase has slowed since 2011 as North Korea tightened border control under leader Kim Jong-un’s order, according to the unification ministry.