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Wages of N. Korean workers in China rise by 15-20 percent

All News 10:50 January 17, 2017

SEOUL, Jan. 17 (Yonhap) -- The salaries of North Koreans working in China have increased 15 to 20 percent in recent years as they are working harder and are more productive than their local counterparts, a U.S. broadcaster reported Tuesday.

Simple labor workers from the North at a food processing factory receive 1,800 yuan (US$262.17) a month on average, and skilled ones like seamsters take home 2,300-2,500 yuan, the Washington-based Radio Free Asia said, citing a source in the Chinese border city of Dandong, the largest base for North Korean workers.

The figures are hikes of about 300-500 yuan from two to three years ago, the source said, adding that given the extra work, North Korean workers are sure to be receiving higher wages in reality.

"Chinese companies favor North Korean workers over Chinese ones as they are sincerely working and better in productivity," the broadcaster said, quoting another source.

Meanwhile, China's investment in the North posted a mere $2 billion, or 0.13 percent, of its total overseas investment of $1.5 trillion over the past 12 years starting in 2005, the broadcaster said, citing the American Enterprise Institute and the Heritage Foundation.

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