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Petition Pokes Fun at Gangnam Voters After Election of North Korean Defector

Petition Pokes Fun at Gangnam Voters After Election of North Korean Defector

SEOUL, April 18 (Korea Bizwire) — Tens of thousands of South Koreans have signed a petition calling for the mandatory construction of residential flats for North Korean defectors in the ritzy district of Gangnam, southern Seoul, following a high-profile defector’s election in the constituency. In apparent derision of the Gangnam residents who elected Tae Ku-min [...]

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 [...]

N. Korean, Iranian Athletes Denied Samsung Smartphone Handout

N. Korean, Iranian Athletes Denied Samsung Smartphone Handout

GANGNEUNG, South Korea, Feb. 7 (Korea Bizwire) — PyeongChang Olympic organizers won’t provide North Korean and Iranian players with Samsung smartphones, which are available free to all other athletes, for fear of violating international sanctions on the countries, officials said Wednesday. Samsung Electronics has offered some 4,000 units of the Galaxy Note 8 Olympic Edition [...]