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2020 Implementation Plan for Settlement Support for North Korean Defectors

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2020 Implementation Plan for Settlement Support for North Korean Defectors

February 18, 2020

The Ministry of Unification established the 2020 Implementation Plan for Settlement Support for North Korean Defectors (proposal) in order to execute the Second Master Plan for Settlement Support for North Korean Defectors (2018-2020). It will finalize the 2020 Implementation Plan through consultations with appropriate agencies and by correspondence with the Consultative Council on Residents Escaping from North Korea (February 7-13), and execute the plan in earnest.

The 2020 Implementation Plan was set up as a result of consultations with 20 government departments and three local governments. It sets forth a total of 53 tasks under seven categories: jobs, education support, services necessary for daily living, cooperation on policy on North Korean defectors, the Hana Center, protection of vulnerable North Korean defectors, and social assimilation.

The major tasks for each category are as follows.

① The government will continue to help individual North Korean defectors develop new capabilities and match jobs for them to ensure their stable settlement as “productive citizens.”

② The government will actively support young North Korean defectors so that they can adapt to school and improve their learning ability.
 
③ The government will continue to build out and improve systems for greater convenience in daily life and make legal education and counseling more widely available to facilitate North Korean defectors’ assimilation into society.

④ The government will step up cooperation on handling of matters for defectors between the central and local governments, the private sector, and the North Korean defectors’ community.

⑤ The government will establish a community-based settlement support system by giving local governments and the private sector greater roles in protecting and supporting North Korean defectors.

⑥ The government will expand counseling and livelihood support for vulnerable North Korean defectors.

⑦ The government will actively encourage communication and harmonious relations between North Korean defectors and local residents.

The government expects that improvement and further development of systems, customization of policy, and increased communication will leave North Korean defectors much better off in 2020.

The government will faithfully implement the tasks presented in the 2020 Implementation Plan and ensure that settlement support policies for North Korean defectors that help improve their daily living are executed properly.

While hearing the opinions of North Korean defectors and working-level officials and carrying out effective policy in cooperation with appropriate departments and agencies, the government will continue to strive to make the lives of North Korean defectors better.