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Ministry to Launch 2021 Survey of Separated Families

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Ministry to Launch 2021 Survey of Separated Families

April 6, 2021

The Ministry of Unification and the Korean Red Cross plan to conduct the 2020 survey of families separated during the Korean War from early April to late October. The survey will be carried out on 48,000 people who are still alive among those who have requested reunions with their relatives in the North.

The survey is conducted every five years in accordance with the Act on Inter-Korean Confirmation of the Life or Death of Separated Families and Promotion of Exchange, and this is the third of its kind following those conducted in 2011 and 2016.

    * The survey is organized by the Ministry of Unification and the Korean Red Cross, while executed by Hankook Research
 
The survey aims to update the application information and to identify the overall state of and demand for exchange among members of separated families in preparation for confirmation of life or death of separated family members and reunions in the future.
 
First, it will check the information of all applicants and update their personal information (addresses, contact numbers, details of how they were separated, and family members) as necessary.
 
Then, by sampling 5,000 people, it will conduct an in-depth survey on the state, awareness, and policy direction of exchange among separated families.
 
Considering the aging of senior separated family members and the Covid-19 situation, the government will focus on exploring and identifying more effective ways of exchange by grasping the diverse demands of separated families.
 
The survey will be conducted by various means including mail, phone, and visits. Separated family members can also participate in the survey online or by phone.
 
When making personal visits, the government will ensure safety by duly complying with the Covid-19 prevention guidelines and taking into consideration the advanced ages of the senior separated family members.
 
    * Precautionary measures will include checking the physical condition of surveyors twice a day for two weeks before making personal visits; complying with the Covid-19 prevention guidelines including those on use of hand sanitizers and wearing of masks; and keeping a record of daily prevention management for all visiting surveyors.
 
Questionnaires will be designed, and separated families will be informed of the survey in advance in April. Then, the survey will be conducted from May through July.
 
As soon as the survey is finished, the findings will be tabulated and analyzed, and the major findings will be made public by late October.
 
The government will strive to devise effective and efficient policy on the separated families issue by accurately grasping the demand of separated families through this survey.