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Hosted by the Nexus Research Centre and the National Security Institute at the University of Canberra, Jinah Kwon from the the University of Korea presents a rare insight to North Korean Refugees.

North Korean refugees in South Korea and China: The experiences of North Korean women

This presentation examines the social integration system of the South Korean government for newcomers from North Korea, and the experiences of North Korean refugees. The research is based on surveys of around 2,000 people conducted by the Korea Hana Foundation, as well as 50 in-depth interviews and participant observation studies conducted by the author in Seoul over the last five years. This study illustrates various emotional difficulties experienced by newcomers from North Korea which match economic and physical difficulties. It raises questions about the current socioeconomic system in South Korea, especially extreme competition in many areas of society. The presentation also examines China’s domestic policy concerns and repatriation policies and their impact on North Korean refugee rights and conditions. Based on various studies of Chinese scholars and sources from the Korea Institute for National Unification, the study scrutinizes China’s changing internal policies and presents a grim picture.

About Jinah Kwon:

Jinah Kwon is a PhD Candidate at the Graduate School of International Studies, Korea University and expects to complete her candidature in August this year. Jinah’s research work explores issues relating to women, migration, human rights, and North Korea. Her work experience encompasses various governmental, non-governmental, and international organizations as well as academia. Her thesis, Boundaries: Migration Choices of Women from North Korea delves into the multiple boundaries North Korean women face as they move from North Korea to China to South Korea, especially during the recent history of two Koreas. Her research themes include trafficking, violence, family, development, and social systems in the Korean Peninsula. Her theoretical background lies in post-colonial studies within various disciplines including political science, sociology, and international law and human rights.

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