Sunday, February 13, 2011

Half of all North Korea defectors send remittances to relatives back home

Nearly half of North Korean defectors living in Seoul have remitted money to their families in the impoverished communist nation, a poll showed Sunday.

According to the survey of North Korean defectors residing in South Korea, 49.5 percent said they have sent money to their families in the North, while 46 percent said they have not and 4.5 percent said that they have no family there.

The findings mark the first confirmation of widespread speculation that North Korean defectors provide financial help to their families facing chronic hunger in the North.

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