Thursday, September 04, 2008

3000 North Koreans expected to defect South this year

The number of North Korean refugees to head to South Korea this year is expected to exceed 3,000 for the first time in history.

The Unification Ministry of South Korea said 1,748 North Korean defectors made their way south in the first half of this year, up 42.1 percent from a year ago. At this rate, the figure is expected to exceed 3,000 by the end of this year.

[Chosun Ilbo]

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