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No. of N. Korean Defectors Drops 12% This Year

No. of N. Korean Defectors Drops 12% This Year

The number of North Korean defectors who entered South Korea between January to August this year is down more than ten percent from the previous year.

South Korea's Unification Ministry said on Tuesday that a total of 780 North Koreans defected to South Korea during the first eight months of the year, down 12-point-seven percent year-on-year.

The annual figure almost reached three thousand between 2009 and 2011, but plunged to between 12-hundred and 15-hundred since Kim Jong-un assumed power in 2012.

The sharp decrease is attributed to North Korea's tightened surveillance and reinforced security in the border areas.

Of the 780 North Koreans who defected to South Korea this year, 83 percent were women.

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