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Seoul Rejects Refugee Claims by Chinese North Korean Defectors
November 11, 2021

Seoul Rejects Refugee Claims by Chinese North Korean Defectors

By Hyung-jin Kim
Some experts say 3,000-5,000 ethnic Chinese live in North Korea and are the only foreigners with permanent residency rights.

China’s New Land Borders Law Is a Nightmare for North Korean Refugees
October 29, 2021

China’s New Land Borders Law Is a Nightmare for North Korean Refugees

By Jason Bartlett
Although the main focus of China’s new land law relates to territorial disputes with neighboring countries like India, it also contains specific language applicable to the influx of outside populations.
Silencing North Korean Memory in South Korea
October 16, 2021

Silencing North Korean Memory in South Korea

By Markus Bell and Sarah A. Son
Like any refugees, North Koreans who escape to the South have a deep-seated need to remember their home country. But the scope for memory and self-expression is limited by politics.

The North Korean Subplots in South Korea’s National Assembly Elections
April 09, 2020

The North Korean Subplots in South Korea’s National Assembly Elections

By Troy Stangarone
Besides a new party established by North Korean refugees, some big names are running for individual seats.

Don't Forget the Treatment of North Korean Defectors
February 14, 2017

Don't Forget the Treatment of North Korean Defectors

By John Hemmings and Talia Jessener
With all the outrage over Trump's refugee ban, where is the anger over Russia and China's treatment of North Koreans?

Does China Have a Contingency Plan for North Korea?
May 07, 2014

Does China Have a Contingency Plan for North Korea?

By Shannon Tiezzi
A leaked document purports to contain China's plan in the event of regime collapse in North Korea.

July 25, 2011

North Korea’s Underground Railway

The sleepy Thai district of Chiang Saen has become a key transit hub for North Korean refugees. But it’s leaving Bangkok with a political headache.

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