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N. Korean Defectors Eye Politics as Weapon to Make Voice Heard

N. Korean Defectors Eye Politics as Weapon to Make Voice Heard

SEOUL, March 19 (Korea Bizwire) — Back in North Korea, Ji Seong-ho saw elections as nothing more than a formality, because even a vote against the ruling Workers’ Party-picked candidates, let alone criticism of the government, could land voters in prison. Running for office was an unthinkable privilege reserved for elites and well-connected people. That’s [...]

One in Five N.K. Defectors Experienced Discrimination in S. Korea Last Year

One in Five N.K. Defectors Experienced Discrimination in S. Korea Last Year

SEOUL, Feb. 26 (Korea Bizwire) — About one out of five North Korean defectors experienced discrimination in South Korea last year mostly due to “cultural” differences, a survey showed Wednesday. According to the survey conducted by the Hana Foundation, a state-run agency that helps resettlement of North Korean defectors, 17.2 percent of 3,000 defectors polled [...]

N.K. Defectors to Form First-ever Political Party Ahead of April Elections

N.K. Defectors to Form First-ever Political Party Ahead of April Elections

SEOUL, Feb. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — North Korean defectors launched a preparatory committee Tuesday to establish the first-ever political party composed of defectors in South Korea, saying the envisioned party will work for democratization of their communist homeland and better protection of defectors’ rights. Around 200 North Korean defectors came together at the meeting in [...]

Average Monthly Wage of N. Korean Defectors Hits Record High of 2 mln Won

Average Monthly Wage of N. Korean Defectors Hits Record High of 2 mln Won

SEOUL, Feb. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — The average monthly wage of North Korean defectors living in South Korea exceeded 2 million won (US$1,684) for the first time last year, the unification ministry said Tuesday. Defectors earned 2.04 million won (US$1,720) per month on average in 2019, compared with 1.89 million won in 2018, according to [...]

Nearly Half of Defectors Engage in Private Economic Activities While in N. Korea

Nearly Half of Defectors Engage in Private Economic Activities While in N. Korea

SEOUL, Feb. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — Nearly half of North Korean defectors had experience of engaging in private-sector economic activities back in the communist nation, a poll showed Thursday. According to the poll conducted by the Korean Association of North Korean Studies and Hyundai Research Institute on North Korean defectors, 48 percent said that they [...]

Education Office Holds ‘Career Design Camp’ for N. Korean Defectors

Education Office Holds ‘Career Design Camp’ for N. Korean Defectors

SUWON, Aug. 9 (Korea Bizwire) — How different is life for North Korean students, who risked their lives to cross the border, compared to their South Korean counterparts? Twenty-one middle and high school students in Gyeonggi Province, each with their own stories, participated in a Career Design Camp that took place in Gwangju for three [...]