[Graphic News] Over 800 North Koreans have defected to S. Korea this year

By Nam Kyung-don
  • Published : Nov 12, 2019 - 18:20
  • Updated : Nov 12, 2019 - 18:20

Over 800 North Koreans have defected to South Korea so far in 2019, government data showed, indicating their annual figure will be similar to that recorded a year earlier.

A total of 828 North Koreans defected to the South during the January-October period, according to data provided by the Unification Ministry handling inter-Korean affairs.

At the current rate, the annual number of North Koreans settling here is expected to be similar to 1,137 registered last year. (Yonhap)