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North Korea: South Korea sees fall in defectors

From BBC - September 17, 2017

The number of North Koreans defecting to South Korea has dropped by 13% this year, officials in Seoul say.

From January to August, 780 North Koreans escaped to South Korea, the Unification Ministry said.

Most of the defectors were workers and farmers thought to be fleeing poverty.

The fall is believed to be a result of tighter government surveillance and reinforced border security by both North Korea and China, to where most people go before reaching South Korea.

Seoul says more than 30,000 North Koreans have defected to the South since the end of the Korean War, in 1953.

Both countries are still technically at war since the conflict ended with a truce, rather than a formal peace treaty.

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