N. Korean Defectors Fleeing to S. Korea Declines Again

Write : 2017-07-12 18:54:37 Update : 2017-07-12 19:37:11

N. Korean Defectors Fleeing to S. Korea Declines Again

The number of North Korean defectors coming to the South is declining again after posting slight growth last year.  

The Ministry of Unification said on Wednesday that a total of 593 North Korean defectors newly arrived in South Korea in the first half of this year, down 20-point-eight percent from the same period last year.

After North Korean leader Kim Jong-un took power in 2011, the number of North Koreans fleeing to the South dropped annually, falling from two-thousand-706 in 2011 to one-thousand-502 in 2012.

It rose slightly to one-thousand-514 in 2013, but fell the following year and in 2015 hit below one-thousand-300 before turning around last year to rise to one-thousand-418.

Analysts attribute the declining number of defectors this year to tougher border controls and punishment by the North Korean regime. 

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