The cover story of the current issue of Phoenix Weekly is a feature about North Korean refugees who leave North Korea for China or a third country.
The article highlights the fact that these people are termed "defectors" by South Korea, and "illegal enterers" by China. Three to four hundred thousand North Koreans have entered China illegally since 1983.
The article explains that after leaving North Korea, their goal is to get to Mongolia or South Korea, crossing Chinese territory. If they are found by Chinese police or the North Korean army, they are sent back to North Korea and put into prison. Nonetheless, many of them try to escape again after they are released.