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No. of N. Korean refugees in U.S. sharply drops under Trump gov't

All News 10:55 January 02, 2018

SEOUL, Jan. 2 (Yonhap) -- Only one North Korean defector entered the United States in the capacity of a refugee last year, the fewest since Washington began to accept North Korean refugees in 2006, a U.S. broadcaster reported Tuesday, citing State Department data.

A female North Korean defector in her 20s entered America on Jan. 12 last year, and settled down in Arizona, Voice of America said.

The figure was the smallest since 2006, when the U.S. enacted the North Korean Human Rights Law to allow North Korean defectors' entry.

The largest number was 38 in 2008, trailed by 28 in 2007 and 23 in 2013, the broadcaster said, adding that it's the first time that the annual number recorded a single digit, the broadcaster pointed out.

Notable is that not a single North Korean defector has entered the U.S. as a refugee since January last year, when the Trump administration was launched, the broadcaster said.

A total of 212 North Korean defectors have put down roots in the U.S. thus far, it added.

Robert King (2nd from L), the U.S. special envoy for North Korea's human rights issues, attends an event to mark the 10th anniversary of the settlement of North Korean defectors in the United States at the Georgetown Public Library in Washington on Dec. 6, 2016. (Yonhap)


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