Press Release (September 14, 2010)
The enforcement decree of the act on protection and support for North Korean defectors was revised
Amending the enforcement decree of the revised act on protection and support for North Korean defectors was considered at the cabinet meeting on September 14 and is going to come into effect on September 27. The followings are its main points.
A foundation to assist North Korean defectors to settle in South Korea will be established.
To help North Korean defectors to reside in more places in our society, an organization which is now working for them will be expanded into a foundation. Once built, it will be the focal point for private organizations supporting defectors.
A prep school for North Korean defectors will be built.
For up to 1 year, preparatory classes will be given to North Korean teenagers so that they could study at normal schools without difficulties.
North Korean defectors will get more help when they find a job
The government agencies will share information on North Korean job seekers and hire more of them in order to boost employment among them.
After leaving Hanawon, a government-run settlement support facility, some defectors can use public shelters when their designated houses are not available in time.
The decree provides concrete grounds for designating an assistant to North Korean defectors when they start a new life in South Korea.
The Government hopes the revision of the decree will offer higher quality settlement services to North Korean refugee.
Ministry of Unification