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Establishment of the North Korean Refugees Safety Support Team to provide faster and more comprehensive support

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2022-02-07
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Establishment of the North Korean Refugees Safety Support Team to provide faster and more comprehensive support

February 7, 2022

The ROK Government will begin operations of the North Korean Refugee Safety Support Team on Monday, February 7th.

The Government has worked to improve the settlement support system for North Korean defectors by strengthening the daily-life oriented support program to assist defectors’ ability to self-support, while also making efforts to provide support for vulnerable defector households.

Despite these efforts, cases of North Korean defectors experiencing difficulties in the settlement process can be observed. Furthermore, as such hardships are intricated in economic, social and psychological aspects, discovering those vulnerable at early stages is not an easy task.

Accordingly, the Government has undergone consultations among related agencies and have set up a team to promote safety support for North Korean defectors at a comprehensive level. The team will officially launch in late February.

Prior to the official launch, the North Korean Refugees Safety Support Team comprised of nine members from the Unification Ministry and related agencies will begin operations starting February 7.

The Safety Support Team will perform tasks such as preventing crisis situations, conducting surveys of vulnerable households and providing necessary support, and protecting the place of residence of North Korean defectors.

Through the operation of the North Korean Refugees Safety Support team, the Government will actively support defectors to allow for a more stable support process into our society.