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[Graphic News] Number of N. Korean defectors plunges in Q1

The number of North Korean defectors coming into South Korea dropped 77 percent to 31 in the first quarter this year as the North’s anti-coronavirus border closures remained in place, a Unification Ministry official said.

During the same period last year, 135 North Korean defectors entered the South.

The ministry official cited the North’s border closure as one of the reasons for the sharp decline. (Yonhap)