[The Korea Times] North Korean defectors bear brunt of remittance scams

3 Apr 2023

On 31st March, NKDB's annual survey data was highlighted in 'The Korea Times 'article on remittances to North Korea based on interviews with a North Korean escapee. The quantity and amount of North Korean escapees' remittances to North Korea were noted in this article, cited from the NKDB's annual Social and Economic Integration of North Korean Defectors in South Korea.

An annual survey conducted by the Database Center for North Korean Human Rights, in collaboration with North Korea Social Research (NKSR), paints a rough picture of the scale of inter-Korean remittances. The 2022 survey, released on October 21, 2022, found that 17.8 percent of North Korean defectors sent remittances back home 1.5 times per year. The average amount of money sent each time is 4.09 million won ($3,075). A total of 208 million won ($160,000) was sent to the North by the defectors, an increase of 35 million won from the previous year.

A total of 399 North Korean defectors in the South were surveyed between September 19 and October 2, last year, and it has a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points.

You can read the full article on The Korea JoongAng Daily website by clicking  HERE

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